New History Scholarship at Weber State University from America First Credit Union Honors Tom Connors

RIVERDALE, UT—November 28, 2012—America First Credit Union announced today it is funding an annual tuition and fee scholarship at Weber State University in memory of Tom Connors, who served as a member of its Board of Directors for 20 years.

The Tom Connors/America First Credit Union Scholarship will be awarded and administered, beginning spring semester 2013, by the history department within Weber State’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

“Tom was a passionate and dedicated volunteer here at America First for 30 years,” said John Lund, America First President and CEO. “Our purpose in funding this scholarship is to further recognize and honor Tom for his dedication to our members, community and country, as well as inspire its recipients with the memory of his life of service.”

Connors retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1989, after serving his country for more than 30 years. In 1995, he graduated from Weber State University with a degree in history and minors in political science and anthropology.

He also earned his teaching certificate in special education and taught at Canyon View Elementary in Ogden. Connors won the Sallie Mae First-Class Teacher Award, given to outstanding first-year teachers.

Connors began his volunteer service at America First on the Credit Committee in 1982. In 1992, he was elected to the Board of Directors and later served as Chair. He also served on the Nominations and Lending Committees, as advisor to the Supervisory Committee, the Marketing, Legislative, and Finance Committees, and as Chairman of the Political Action Committee. Connors was also a member of the World Council of Credit Unions, where he was a development educator and involved in the community development program.

The Tom Connors/America First Credit Union Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time Weber State student with a 3.0 grade point average or better and a declared major in history.

America First Credit Union was founded at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1939 by a small group of people determined to form their own cooperative to promote their collective economic well-being. In its 73-year history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 103 branches, and is the 13th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $5.4 billion, and the 7th largest credit union in membership in America with more than 597,000 members. Visit

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