Credit Union West supports continuing education

Five local high school seniors awarded $1,000 scholarships

GLENDALE, AZ (May 8, 2020) — Credit Union West is deeply committed to supporting the continuing education of local students. To support the development of these future leaders in Maricopa and Yavapai counties, Credit Union West has awarded five graduating high school seniors $1,000 scholarships to use toward college costs.

The 2020 Credit Union West Scholarship recipients are:

  • Eduardo Avila, University High School
  • Katelyn Canedo, Prescott High School, JROTC
  • Daniel Hill, Jr., Moon Valley High School, JROTC
  • Kaycee Krell, Paradise Valley High School
  • Neil Walia, Mountain Ridge High School

The scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, community service and overall character. Applicants were encouraged to discuss their academic and extracurricular achievements, as well as how the credit union’s core values of commitment, empowerment, integrity and respect resonated with them. Two of the selected recipients are Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students.

“This year saw our highest number of applications since our program began, and with so many amazing students applying, I know our future is in capable hands,” said Karen Roch, President and CEO at Credit Union West. “Congratulations to the deserving winners of our 2020 Scholarship Program!”

This is the seventh year that the credit union has offered scholarships to Maricopa and Yavapai County high school graduates. In their pursuit to assist local graduates continuing their education, Credit Union West has provided $27,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program.

About Credit Union West

The Credit Union West tradition had the honor of beginning in 1951 as Luke Federal Credit Union. Originally located on Luke Air Force Base, the organization’s mission was to enhance the lives of military members and their families through being a trusted provider of financial services. Today, Credit Union West embraces the same commitment to the military and now has expanded to include all who live, work or worship in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, Yuma, Mohave, Coconino, Cochise, Navajo, Apache, and Gila counties. Credit Union West serves over 90,000 members with more than $1.1 billion in assets. The credit union’s core principles have guided its decisions, which in turn has ensured integrity and trusted member service. Federally insured by the NCUA. Learn more at

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Ryan O’Connor
Credit Union West

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