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Coast Central Credit Union Awards up to $125,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors


Coast Central Credit Union President/CEO James T. Sessa announced that its Board of Directors has approved scholarships to 25 exceptional high school seniors, each receiving up to $5,000 over four years.  Scholarships are based on a written essay describing their ability to overcome adversity, displayed commitment to make a positive impact on their schools or communities, and academic performance or improvement.  CCCU received a total of 70 applications from students planning to attend Cal Poly Humboldt, College of the Redwoods, Chico State University, or Shasta College.

2024 recipients

Arcata High:                             Jocelyn Hague, Shelby Keasey

Del Norte High:                      Koy-Poh McQuillen

Eureka High:                            Joseph Morris

Fortuna High:                          Diego Luis Aguilar-Bautista, Priscilla Bell, Roxanne Campbell,

                                                        Alfonso Medina, Yesenia Pimentel-Gonzalez, Grace Scilacci,

                                                        Addisyn Taylor

Hayfork High:                          Lila Bonfoey, Alissa Canavesio

Hoopa High:                            Talena Downs-Miguelena

McKinleyville High:                Flynn Creighton, Ayden Hillis, Isabella Turner

South Fork High:                     Angelina Apodaca, Rylee Bremer, Kylie Dwyer, Julianna Johnston,

                                                           Thomas Rotbergs

Southern Trinity High:            Daphne Cheney

St. Bernard’s Academy           Rihana Fontenot Cornely

Trinity High:                                  Emily Schneider

“For nearly four decades, we’ve been honored to recognize and support our extraordinary young people who want to pursue higher education,” Sessa stated. “We extend our sincere appreciation to our members for directly supporting our giving programs and our Board of Directors for consistently supporting this level of giving.”

In addition to college scholarships, Coast Central provides monetary support through its Community Investment Grant and Sponsorship programs for a total of $650,000 planned for 2024.  Coast Central employees also contribute over 6,000 hours annually through its Commitment to Community volunteer program.

Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with $2 billion in assets, over 78,000 members, and operating 11 Member Services Branches throughout Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, including McKinleyville, open six days a week and Bayshore Mall, open seven days a week.  Additionally, members have access to a network of 30,000 free CO-OP ATMs nationwide. Individuals who live or work in any of these counties may bank at CCCU by applying at More information is available at,, @coastccu on Instagram, or by calling (707) 445-8801.

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