First Tech Federal Credit Union awards $55,000 in scholarships to 12 students across the country

SAN JOSE, CA (August 15, 2017) — In continuation of an eight-year tradition, First Tech Federal Credit Union has awarded $55,000 in scholarships to 12 students across the country that showcased determination, high academic achievement and involvement within their communities.

First Tech is committed to enriching the lives of students by providing the support they need to continue higher education. Five of the 12 scholarships were presented to students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics-focused majors and the other seven were given to students with other focus areas of study ranging from international relations and industrial and labor relations, to community and regional development and business.

First Tech’s 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Andrei Blebea – University of California, Davis
  • Clare McLeod – Cornell University
  • Daniel Rogers – Oregon State University
  • Julius Buonnano – Columbia University
  • Makaila Heifner – University of California, Berkeley
  • Matthew Daly – University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Meagan Transue – University of California, Davis
  • Ryan Krout – Pacific University
  • Shayna Chua – University of Southern California
  • Serena Ngan – DeSales University
  • Stephanie Dodgen – Southern Methodist University
  • Steven Hong – University of California, Berkeley

“We are delighted to help our members reach their dreams and fuel the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators,” said Greg Mitchell, First Tech CEO and president. “We received hundreds of scholarship applications from First Tech members around the world who are working to research cures for diseases, design new technology, and imagine what our future can look like. It’s inspiring to see how our members are positively impacting our communities, and we’re honored and blessed to be able to support their academic achievements.”

To learn more about First Tech’s scholarship program and other ways they give back to their local communities, Applications for 2018 scholarships will be accepted from February to March 2018

About First Tech Federal Credit Union

First Tech Federal Credit Union is a $17+ billion institution headquartered in San Jose, California. The nation's premier credit union serves the world's leading technology-oriented companies and their employees, including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, Agilent, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Nike, Intuit, Google, and more. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering effortless banking experiences to more than 720,000 members through its 33 branch locations, more than 5,600 CO-OP Shared Branch locations, 30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, and online platforms. First Tech offers a full range of financial services, including traditional banking, online banking, mortgages, financial planning, various consumer loans, and insurance services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For more information, visit


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