Nuvision Credit Union announces winners of $30,500 in cash prizes for 21 students, 11 Southern California high schools

Think.Tank.Challenge Essay Scholarship Contest boosts students’ financial savvy

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (April 21, 2017) — In its effort to help educate young people about consumer credit and other financial literacy basics, Nuvision Credit Union has announced the 21 winners of its second Think.Tank.Challenge Essay Scholarship Contest. Each of the 11 schools received $500 from Nuvision for participating in the program.

The first-place winner, Chantel Hung, 18, a senior at Schurr High School, part of the Montebello Unified School District, garnered over 30,000 online votes for her essay. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship award from Nuvision. Schurr High School will receive a total of $4,000 – $2,500 for Chantel’s win, $500 for participating, and two additional $500 prizes for the runners-up from the school, including Chantel’s sister, Destinee Hung, 16, and John Garcia, 16. They each won scholarships of $1,000.

“Money is a tool,” Chantel wrote in her essay. “It is a means to an end. It has symbolized power, evil, greed, sin, prosperity, luck, status, and security. Money only gains such meanings through the management and use of its holders. I wish to use money as a means to afford knocking each and every activity off my bucket list.”

The credit union offered Southern California high schools in the vicinity of each of its 12 California branch locations free evening workshops for students and parents. A variety of professionals gave real-world advice on money management and achieving personal goals at the workshops. Guest speakers included two Northrop Grumman engineers, an executive from Boeing, and retired NFL player/Olympic gold medalist Ron Brown. Nuvision and its financial advisors explained that a graduating millennial will need roughly $2.5 million in order to retire comfortably. To do that, students learned strategies to help them avoid common financial pitfalls, develop a healthy attitude toward money, and understand credit, savings, and banking basics

“Some of my favorite suggestions (at the Nuvision workshop),” Chantel wrote, “include the use of budgeting apps, starting an emergency fund, and setting up automatic transfers to a savings account. In addition to helping me build wealth, these three actions help simplify my life.”

Attila Morgan, Nuvision’s Manager of Community Engagement and Public Relations, said the Think.Tank.Challenge Essay Scholarship Contest attracted 93 essay contest entrants and 11 participating schools, up from 39 submissions and four schools in 2016, its inaugural year.

“Our goal is to encourage financial literacy and generate a more savvy, responsible generation of financial services consumers,” noted Morgan. “It was clear from what they wrote that these students were soaking up the information at our workshops. We were impressed with the quality of the essays submitted.”

Read the winning essays at

The 21 Think.Tank.Challenge 2017 winners and their prizes are:

  • First place, $5,000 prize: Chantel Hung, Schurr High School, Montebello Unified School District
  • Runners-up each receiving $1,000 prizes:

Tuan Do, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana

John Garcia and Destinee Hung, Schurr High School

Emily Pelayo and Sydney Lara, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach Unified School District

Dayanah Towner and Daisy Boeckmann, Carson High School, Los Angeles Unified School District

Jason Lee and Jennifer La, Oxford Academy, Anaheim Union High School District

Cloudia Msmeh, Savanna High School, Anaheim Union High School District

  • Honorable mention winners each receiving $250:

Mellisa Mulia, Schurr High School

Lizette Hernandez, Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Unified School District

Vanessa Martinez, April Ray, Swasti Catalan, Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Natalie Medina, Savanna High School

Kalis Collman, City Honors College Preparatory Academy, Inglewood Unified School District

Crystal Gutierrez, Lakewood High School, Long Beach Unified School District

Chelsea Huynh, Ernest McBride High School, Long Beach Unified School District

Kylie Gerger, Mater Dei High School

About NuVision Federal Credit Union

Nuvision Federal Credit Union is a $2.6 billion financial institution with 11 branches across Alaska in Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Kenai, Fairbanks and Juneau and a network of 27 branches in Washington, Wyoming, California and Arizona. Through its extensive CO-OP Shared Branch Network, Nuvision member benefits include access to an additional 5,600 branch locations and more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs available across the country. From a new car to first home, college savings to a secured retirement, Nuvision helps Alaskans, committed “For the Life You Build.”


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