American Airlines Federal Credit Union awards 2020 scholarships to 11 students

FORT WORTH, TX (July 31, 2020) — For more than a decade, American Airlines Federal Credit Union has been proud to invest in the futures of its young member-owners by providing scholarship awards toward higher education. This year, out of more than 500 initial applicants, the Credit Union was pleased to award a total of 11 scholarships. Six high school students and five college students each received $5,000.

In the past, recipients were invited to attend our annual shareholders meeting where Credit Union President & CEO Gail Enda would personally present their checks. But because of the ongoing pandemic, most of this year’s recipients participated in a special online group video conference call where they were given the opportunity to ask Enda questions after the award presentation.

“This year’s scholarship recipients have had to deal with a great deal more than previous winners, with the pandemic affecting many of the traditional rites of passage we often take for granted,” said Lori Hall, Senior Vice President of Member Experience at American Airlines Credit Union. “While we wish we could have awarded these honors in person, we that the perseverance of these young people through these troubling times means they’re destined for great things in the future.”

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 American Airlines Credit Union Scholarship:

High School Recipients

  • Daeden Gordon-Somers-Archer, 18, of Forest Hills, New York, plans to study animal science at Cornell University in New York.
  • Nia Johnson, 18, of Uniondale, New York, plans to study global health at Howard Universityin Washington, D.C.
  • ItbaanNafi, 18, of Euless, Texas, plans to study international relations and economics at Stanford University in California.
  • Jessica Nedry, 17, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, plans to study neuroscience at the University of Southern California.
  • Israel Pacheco, 18, of Doral, Florida, plans to study finance at the University of Miami.
  • Alexandra Quilty, 18, of Lantana, Texas, plans to study communications at Dallas Baptist University.

College Recipients

  • Gabrielle Abrazaldo, 19, of Mount Prospect, Illinois, is studying international studies at Fordham University in New York.
  • Kennedy Burrell, 22, of South Hollland, Illinois, is studying community health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Dianelis Lopez, 19, of Miami, Florida, is studying molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University in Massachusetts.
  • Isabel Moyer, 18, of Jupiter, Florida, is studying marine science and animal studies at Eckerd College in Florida.
  • Jameson Nowlan, 19, of Tucson, Arizona, in studying international politics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The 2021 American Airlines Credit Union Scholarship applications will be available in December 2020. To learn more or to become a member-owner, call (800) 533-0035, visit or visit your local Credit Union branch.

About American Airlines Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1936, American Airlines Credit Union now serves the present and former employees of American Airlines, their family members and people who work in the air transportation industry. Now in its 84nd year, the Credit Union has more than 312,000 members nationwide and assets in excess of $8.4billion. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, American Airlines Credit Union is committed first and foremost to enriching its member-owners’ financial well-being through their participation in the products and services of the Credit Union. For more information, please visit


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