2018 John Garrison Scholarship Award winners announced

DEER PARK, TX (April 3, 2018) — Shell Federal Credit Union extends the John Garrison Scholarship Award to graduating high school seniors each year. Recipients are selected based upon academic performance, communal involvement, extracurricular activities, and response to the application essay. The topic for this year’s essay asked applicants to explain the difference between a bank and a credit union, as well as why a young adult would use a credit union over a bank for their financial needs.

More than 140 applications were submitted for the John Garrison Scholarship this year from 49 different high schools throughout Harris County. Ten deserving high school seniors were selected as recipients of the 2018 John Garrison Scholarship award; each of the ten students will be awarded $2,500 to the college, university or vocational-technical school of choice. Below is a list of the 2018 selected scholarship recipients and the college of their choice for Fall 2018.

Blake Hardy of Robert Turner College & Career High School: Texas A&M University.

Brooke Renfro of Deer ParkHigh School: University of Houston.

Kevin Serrano of La Porte High School: University of Texas-Austin.

Landon Watson of Summer Creek High School: University of Texas-Austin.

Mariano Garcia of Pasadena Memorial High School: Columbia University.

Marshall Hartung of KingwoodHigh School: Stanford University.

Marvin Villatoro of DobieHigh School: University of Texas-Austin.

Noah Hartwell of Deer Park High School: University of Texas-Austin.

Thong Nguyen of Deer Park High School: University of Texas-Austin.

Wilkes Varela of Kingwood Park High School: Undecided.

Since 2001, Shell Federal Credit Union has awarded 108 students with the John Garrison Scholarship award totaling $262,500. The John Garrison Scholarship was established in memory of John Garrison, a dedicated volunteer Board Member for over 50 years. His vision and volunteer spirit is still an inspiration to us all. Our hope is that applicants will embrace that same spirit and carry it forward into their careers and volunteerism.

About Shell Federal Credit Union

Committed to its communities, Shell Federal Credit Union has improved the lives of thousands through service excellence, community outreach and lasting financial solutions for all stages in life since 1937. Anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or regularly conducts business in Harris County, Texas can bank with Shell FCU. For credit union details or to apply online visit


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