Canvas Credit Union’s Foundation honors young, bright minds with college scholarships

Canvas awards $46,000 in college scholarships to help Coloradan students continue their educational journey.

DENVER, CO (August 12, 2020) — Canvas Credit Union’s philanthropic arm, Canvas Foundation, held a virtual scholarship banquet to award thirty-six exceptional students with a total of $46,000 in scholarships. As each of these students prepares for the next step in their academic journey, Canvas’ two scholarship programs are supporting the development of this next generation of leaders.

Canvas’ Community Scholarship Program seeks to award one well-rounded student in each of the credit union’s twenty-nine branch communities. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, commitment and leadership in school programs, and active involvement in the community. Each scholarship provides a unique opportunity to partner directly with a local high school, and reward hard-working, talented students who lead with their hearts, both inside and outside the classroom.

The Canvas Foundation Scholarship Program provides two additional students the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their academic achievement, strong leadership, and high moral character. These scholarships are reserved for Canvas Credit Union members, and this year’s recipients include one college-bound high school senior, and one college graduate pursuing a doctoral degree. Canvas is proud to celebrate and reward these deserving students, who exemplify excellence in so many areas, and provide them additional means to continue their education.

During this unique time, Canvas had to pivot from their usual in-person celebration to a virtual awards banquet, but that did not stop the credit union from celebrating these young leaders. Alongside the virtual awards banquet, Canvas was delighted to offer each scholarship recipient a fun yard sign to commemorate their impressive achievements and to provide recognition in their community. Each honoree also was rewarded with a certificate of accomplishment and a Canvas-swag-adorned gift basket.

“Every year I am more and more amazed by the stories of these brilliant young scholars in our local communities.” said Malcolm Johnson, AVP of Community Involvement & Chairperson of Canvas Foundation. “At Canvas, we strongly believe in the potential these young adults hold. We were thrilled to honor each student and share their accomplishments during the 2020 virtual scholarship awards banquet. We celebrate their hard work and wish them the very best as they continue down the path of their educational journey.”

Scholarship Recipients

Community Leadership Award

  • Dane Harnisch, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO – $6,000

Canvas Foundation Scholarship Awards

  • Olivia Tate, Mountain View High School, Loveland, CO – $5,000
  • David Harrell, Utah State University, Highlands Ranch, CO – $5,000

Community Leadership Award Finalists

  • Ellery Andersen, Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CO – $1,500
  • Jazz Wright, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO – $1,500
  • Macie Lynch, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,500
  • Sarah Sams, Douglas County High School, Parker, CO – $1,500

Community Scholarship Awards

  • Estrella Soto, Gateway High School, Aurora, CO – $1,000
  • Catalina Uribe Duque, Pomona High School, Westminster, CO – $1,000
  • Landon Steinkamp, Rangeview High School, Aurora, CO – $1,000
  • Elizabeth Carter, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Kaylee Cuevas, Brighton High School, Henderson, CO – $1,000
  • Zach Smerdell, Broomfield High School, Broomfield, CO – $1,000
  • Sklyar Klocker, Northglenn High School, Northglenn, CO – $1,000
  • Theresa Zugish, Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Darlen Castro-Landeros, DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Macie Lynch, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Jazz Wright, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Reem Asefaw, George Washington High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Deborah Villalpando, Greeley Central High School, Greeley, CO – $1,000
  • Kaylee Spedon, Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, CO – $1,000
  • Katherine Stary, Denver East High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Ellery Andersen, Lakewood High School, Lakewood, CO – $1,000
  • Shane Ball, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Julia Montano, Columbine High School, Littleton, CO – $1,000
  • Alixandra Huhta, Loveland High School, Loveland, CO – $1,000
  • Hannah Marie Alwell, Castle View High School, Castle Rock, CO – $1,000
  • Dane Harnisch, Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, CO – $1,000
  • Jack Eddington, Chaparral High School, Parker CO – $1,000
  • Sarah Sams, Douglas County High School, Parker, CO – $1,000
  • Michelle Wainner, Littleton High School, Centennial, CO – $1,000
  • Katie Volkov, Thornton High School, Thornton, CO – $1,000
  • Nadia Lozano, Colorado High School Charter, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Tango Lawless, South High School, Denver, CO – $1,000
  • Alyssa Harris, Windsor High School, Windsor, CO – $1,000
  • Jacob Gabaldon, North High School, Denver, CO – $1,000

Community Leadership Award winner, Dane Harnish and his family with their Canvas Scholarship yard sign

Malcolm Johnson, AVP of Community Involvement & Chairperson of Canvas Foundation, virtually honors 36 scholarship recipients

Canvas Foundation hosts virtual banquet to celebrate student scholarship recipients

About Canvas Credit Union

Canvas Credit Union is a safe and insured financial institution with over $4.5 billion in assets and more than 297,000 members. Canvas provides a full array of financial products and services, including savings, checking, loans, mortgages, and online and mobile banking options. Serving Colorado communities for more than 85 years, Canvas currently has 35 branches and is well recognized for its people, its heart, and its commitment to community.


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