Premier Members Credit Union announces 2021 scholarship recipients

Premier members awards $45,000 to support youth pursuing higher education

BOULDER, CO (July 26, 2021) — Premier Members Credit Union recognized Sophie Russ and Jack Reuter as the 2021 recipients of the Premier Members Scholarship. Recipients were selected based on community engagement, personal and academic achievements and more.

Sophie Russ graduated from Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado. In high school, she was involved in the engineering and IB programs and was a member of the engineering, physics and environmental clubs. Additionally, she ran cross country and played tennis for her school. Outside of school, Russ worked as a lifeguard for the Louisville Rec Center, interned for Boulder Valley School District’s IT department, and served on the Louisville Youth Advisory Board. This fall, Russ will be studying computer science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

“Thank you so much for selecting me as a 2021 recipient of the Premier Members Scholarship,” said Russ. “I am immensely grateful to Premier Members and honored to have been selected!”

Jack Reuter, a Monarch High School graduate, has been a Premier Members Credit Union member for 18 years. Reuter earned a 4.3 GPA and completed the High School of Business program. He also served as the Varsity Boys Tennis captain and competed twice in the state tournament. Reuter earned a varsity tennis letter all four years and was named to the Boulder County Preps 2020 all-regional team.

Reuter is also very service oriented and has volunteered over 200 hours as a senior member of the Superior Youth Leadership Council. This fall, Reuter will attend the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder as a member of the President’s Leadership Class. “Thank you, Premier Members Credit Union, for this incredible scholarship!”

In addition to the Premier Members Scholarship, Premier Members rewards an additional $27,500 in scholarships to youth-based charities including TheEduCntr, Hide in Plain Sight of Douglas County, Hope House Colorado, TGTHR and the Westminster Public Schools Foundation. Additionally, Premier Members awards a four-year scholarship through True North Young Adult Services. Applications for the Premier Scholarship are accepted January 1st thru mid-May each year. To learn more, visit

About Premier Members Credit Union

Premier Members Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Colorado’s Front Range. With more than 77,000 members, $1.7 billion in assets, and 19 retail branches, Premier Members is a leader in the credit union industry. In addition to being at the forefront of the industry in sustainable business practices, Premier Members takes pride in giving back to the communities it serves, supporting a wide variety of partnerships with charitable and sustainable organizations like Community Foundation Boulder County, Eco Cycle, Impact on Education, Jack’s Solar Garden, United Way, Westminster Public Schools Foundation, and others. In 2021, Premier Members Credit Union was awarded first place in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award and has also been recognized as a Civic 50 Honoree each year since 2020, where the credit union was recognized as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in Colorado. To learn more, visit


Karen Bigelow
Corporate Social Responsibility & Public Relations
Premier Members Credit Union

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