Brayman-Beach scholarship winners announced

Parker Adams of Louisville and Jaci Mekelburg of Yuma to receive prestigious scholarship

DENVER, CO (June 16, 2021) — The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation (MWCUF) has announced that Parker Adams, a graduate of Monarch High School in Louisville; and Jayci Mekelburg, a graduate of Yuma High School in Yuma are the winners of the 2021 Brayman-Beach Scholarship.

Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship to apply towards their education. Named after Carroll Beach and Susan Brayman, two credit union movement pioneers who helped forge the pathway to success for credit unions in Colorado and nationally, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is a member of a Colorado-based credit union seeking a business degree from a four-year accredited institution.

Parker Adams is a graduate of Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado, and a Premier Members Credit Union member. Parker is a member and team leader of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), a Monarch High School Soccer Team Captain, and was the team’s MVP for the 2018-2019 season. Parker has lettered in High School Academics with a GPA of 4.0 as a Freshman and Sophomore. He is also a dependable community volunteer assisting with the election of the supervisory trustee board member. In addition, Parker has worked at the Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces and is a local restaurant host.

Jayci Mekelburg is a graduate of Yuma High School in Yuma, Colorado, and a member of Yuma County Federal Credit Union. Jayci is a member of the National Honor Society, the 2021 Pleasant Valley Hustlers 4-H Club, an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and a Chapter Vice President. Jayci is also an active volunteer in her community as a Nursery Volunteer and a Children’s Church group leader. In addition, she has worked as a teller at her hometown credit union (Yuma County Federal Credit Union). She hopes to earn a degree in Agricultural Business and Economics. Never earning under an A in her high school career, Jayci is a highly accomplished academic.

“We are so pleased to award this prestigious scholarship to both Parker and Jaci,” said Dr. Dan Santangelo, Executive Director of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. “Each has shown, in their own unique manner, that they are true leaders, well-rounded and have the dedication and commitment to succeed in the future. It’s exciting that we were able to award this scholarship to not one, but two extremely worthy recipients.”

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation’s Board of Directors selects winners each year. Applicants submit an essay as part of their application. The Board reviews the essays and grants the scholarship based on grades, financial need, community service, professional goals, and extracurricular activities.

Jayci Mekelburg

Parker Adams

About The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation is the charitable organization focused on the long-term success of credit unions in their community. We accomplish our work through leadership development, professional development scholarships, academic scholarships, affordable financial services grants, credit union development grants and public financial education grants. More information about the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation can be found at


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