Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union awards $11,000 in academic scholarships

Nine Houston-area high school graduates receive financial relief just in time for college

HOUSTON, TX (July 30, 2021)Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union (Cy-Fair FCU) in partnership with the Partin Foundation and the Miller family, announced student recipients of their annual higher education scholarships. This year, CFFCU awarded scholarships to nine Houston school district high school seniors including a $3,500 full year tuition to Lone Star College through the Pattie R. Miller Memorial scholarship. Rylie Johnson received this year’s $3,500 Pattie R. Miller Memorial scholarship in addition to funds covering school-related expenses donated by the Miller family.

The $1,500 CFFCU Membership scholarship is reserved for an outstanding student who is a Cy-Fair FCU member or has an immediate family member with an account at the credit union. Haley Winker, a graduate of Cypress Creek High School was this scholarship year’s recipient while CFFCU Community scholarships were awarded to three students who demonstrated Cy-Fair FCU’s values in support of their communities. Cypress Lakes High School graduate Kathleen Hoang, Cypress Ridge High School graduate Kenny Nguyen and Bridgeland High school graduate c were this year’s $1,500 scholarship award recipients.

Cy-Fair FCU also awarded one student with a $1,500 Bi-Lingual Spanish/English Scholarship, a scholarship offered to students enrolled in English as a Second Language or New America College English Acquisition classes. Qualifying students submitted essays in both English and Spanish. This year’s winner was Emaly Aguilar from Cypress Springs High School.

“The past year was an academic year most of these kids or their parents will never forget. Yet, through it all, they rose above their circumstances and worked hard to graduate. We are frankly inspired by their strength and commitment to persist despite the challenges,” said Cameron Dickey, Cy-Fair FCU President and CEO. “We truly expect incredible accomplishments to emerge from this group of young people.”

CFFCU also partnered with the Partin Foundation to spread the word about their scholarship to the local community. Robert Partin established The Partin Foundation in 2015, in honor of the late Deputy Darren H. Goforth of the Harris County Sheriff’s office who was killed in the line of duty. Since the inception of the scholarship, the foundation has awarded over $20,000 in college tuition.

Cy-Fair FCU began its scholarship program in 1992 and has now awarded financial assistance to 215 students totaling $229,500. The scholarship program is open to high school graduates from all school districts within Harris and Waller Counties, and funds may be used for tuition at any accredited college, junior college, or university. CFFCU remains committed to actively addressing adversity and inequality issues some students face by awarding financial support through its scholarship programs.


Pattie R. Miller Memorial Scholarship
Rylie Johnson, Cypress Woods High School— $3,500

“This scholarship will take a huge burden off my expenses and help me to pay for an associate degree at Lone Star College.” – Rylie Johnson

Cy-Fair FCU Bi-Lingual Spanish/English Scholarship
Emaly Aguilar, Cypress Springs High School—$1,500

“As a Guatemalan immigrant coming here for opportunity, this scholarship means the world to me, and my family and I want to be the person I needed growing up, so I plan to attend law school.” – Emaly Aguilar

Cy-Fair FCU Membership Scholarship
Haley Winkler, Cypress Creek High School—$1,500

 “In a few years, I hope to have graduated with a degree in animal science and be well into my career in the beef cattle production industry; this scholarship makes that dream possible.”  – Haley Winkler

Cy-Fair FCU Community Scholarships
Kathleen Hoang, Cypress Lakes High School—$1,500

“This scholarship serves as a stepping stone to achieving the American dream my family deeply believes in.” – Kathleen Hoang

Kenny Nguyen, Cypress Ridge High School—$1,500

“This scholarship means a lot to me and my family; it reminds me that I can accomplish great feats if I put my mind to it and that persistence and determination go a long way.” – Kenny Nguyen 

Mark Bentick, Bridgeland High School—$1,500

This scholarship has made it possible for me to accomplish my goals of becoming a mechanical engineer. I plan to eventually own my own business in the energy industry.”  – Mark Bentick


Partin Foundation’s Deputy Darren H. Goforth Memorial Scholarship

Toni Lieberman, Cy-Ranch

Bob Partin Integrity Scholarship

Toni Lieberman, Waller High School

Dylan Cormier, Cy-Woods


About Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union

Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union ( is a full-service credit union in southeast Texas. Originally founded in 1956 with 10 members to serve employees of the Cy-Fair Independent School District, Cy-Fair FCU now has more than 25,000 members and serves anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school within Harris County and parts of Waller County.


Cameron Dickey
President + Chief Executive Officer
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