Silver State Schools Credit Union & The People Over Profit Foundation announce 2024 scholarship recipients

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 23, 2024) — Silver State Schools Credit Union’s (SSSCU) Board of Directors announces ten recipients from the 2024 People Over Profit (POP) Foundation Scholarship program. All winners are Southern Nevada High School Seniors and will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the upcoming Fall Session. Their scholarships are renewable for up to four years, for a total of up to $8,000 towards higher education.

Since 1989, the 6-Time award-winning Best of Las Vegas credit union has awarded more than $1,200,000 in scholarships to graduating High School Seniors. The scholarship program recognizes those who demonstrate excellence in academics, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.  The ten scholarship awards are named after past and current Board Members as well as SSSCU’s charitable foundation, the People Over Profit (POP) Foundation.

“I am continually proud of and inspired by the remarkable dedication and achievements of our student applicants,” said Scott A. Arkills, President/CEO of Silver State Schools Credit Union. “Their commitment to academic excellence and community service is a testament to their potential as future leaders. At Silver State Schools Credit Union, we stand ready to champion their journey, providing unwavering support as they shape the future of our communities.”

Selected by the Board of Directors Scholarship Committee, the winning students were recognized at the Silver State Schools Credit Union virtual Annual Membership Meeting, held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. PST. The 2024 scholarship recipients are:

  • Lauren Bui – Arlene Parkinson Scholarship Award
  • Christian Harnum – Bart Roche Scholarship Award
  • Hudson Lile – Leonard Petoske Scholarship Award
  • Carly Jones – William Moore Scholarship Award
  • Ashritha Kalakuntla – Terry Mannion Scholarship Award
  • Emma McNally – Harold McKay Scholarship Award
  • Emmeline Sawin – Andrew Hunter Scholarship Award
  • Grace Weigand – Joyce Woodhouse Scholarship Award
  • Zoey Billot – Teresa Yeoman Scholarship Award
  • Sophia Zagorski – Silver State Schools CU POP Foundation Scholarship Award

Silver State Schools Credit Union will continue its drive to provide educational resources, scholarships, distance learning tools, as well as financial literacy and wellness opportunities to the Clark County School District (CCSD), Charter and Private Schools, the Nevada System of Higher Education, and Vegas PBS.

Recognizing the positive impacts of its employees, the Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) Board of Directors and its Executive Team established the Silver State Schools CU People Over Profit (POP) Foundation, a Nevada nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) organization in 2019. As the charitable arm of SSSCU, the POP Foundation strives to elevate education and financial literacy and wellness, by providing Southern Nevada students with tools, resources, and access to build a better future by educating, empowering, and enhancing our community for the common good. From partnering with like-minded local nonprofit organizations, to uncovering unmet needs within our community, we are eager to do more for Southern Nevada students. When you donate to the Silver State Schools CU People Over Profit (POP) Foundation, your financial support enables us to put funds toward bettering the lives of young people in our community. To give a tax-deductible donation and make a lasting difference in the life of a child or learn more about the People Over Profit (POP) Foundation, please visit

About Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU)

Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), founded in 1951, is a State-Chartered financial cooperative Prioritizing People Over Profit. The Credit Union serves over 64,000 members of the educational community, as well as the Southern Nevada community at large and their families, with ten branches in the valley. SSSCU provides “Excellent Member Service and Financial Solutions – For Life!” via a wide range of banking products, that are simple, secure, and convenient. As of March 31, 2024, SSSCU reported total assets of $1.187 Billion, deposits of $1.095 Billion, and loans of $855 Million. Liquidity remains strong at $88 Million, and the credit union is well-capitalized with a regulatory Net Worth of $118 Million, equal to 9.92% of Total Assets. Accounts insured up to $500,000. American Share Insurance insures each account up to $250,000. Excess Share Insurance Corporation provides up to an additional $250,000 of insurance per account. This institution is not federally insured. For more information, visit


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