Travis Credit Union Awards Twenty Scholarships

VACAVILLE, CA (August 5, 2013) — Travis Credit Union recently awarded 20 worthy high school students the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. The credit union offers the scholarships to assist its young members with the increasing cost of higher education and to reinforce its commitment to the financial success of our country’s future leaders.

During an elegant “Ivy League” summer reception, each scholarship recipient was presented a $1,500 scholarship to help them with college expenses. The students also received a scholarship certificate, a certificate of special Congressional recognition, a California State Assembly certificate of recognition, a California State Senate certificate of recognition, a small gift and complementary photos.  The reception included hors de oeuvres and classical music, and was decorated with columns and ivy to give the room an “Ivy League” ambience.

The Travis Credit Union Board of Directors established the scholarship program in 2004 and named it the Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of a long-time board member, who passed away in December 2004. To date, Travis Credit Union has contributed $190,000 to the program and will continue to award $30,000 annually.

“As a credit union, we are founded on the philosophy of ‘people helping people,’ and we stand behind the principles that promote human development and social responsibility,” says Patricia Moreno, chairman of the board for Travis Credit Union. “Offering these scholarships is just one way Travis Credit Union is assisting young members.”

“These students’ achievements in school and community along with their aspirations for the future signify that they have the dreams and determination to make a difference in the lives of others,” adds Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, Travis Credit Union president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to honor them and be part of their plans for the future.

The Scholarship Committee, made up of board members, volunteers and senior staff, selected the finalists for Travis Credit Union’s tenth annual distribution of scholarship funds. More than 125 students applied.

To apply for the scholarship, college-bound high school seniors, who are Travis Credit Union members in good standing, had to have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Application requirements included a completed Travis Credit Union Student Scholarship Application, a 250-word personal statement essay describing post college plans and goals as they pertain to field of study, a transcript copy certified by a high school official and one letter of reference from a teacher. The following are twenty students who met these criteria and more:

Katrina-Joy G. Bernales

Vanden High School, Vacaville, CA

University of California, Irvine



Kristen P. Biermayer

Carondelet High School, Concord, CA

University of California, Berkeley

Biomedical Engineering


Karli Kim Bosler

Will C. Wood High School, Vacaville, CA

Brigham Young University


Alexis Mae L. Calinawan

Justin-Siena High School, Napa, CA

University of California, Los Angeles



Sarena Allyse Cliche

Winters High School, Winters, CA

Brigham Young University



Kelsey Margaret Daugherty

Will C. Wood High School, Vacaville, CA

The University of Alabama



Brooke Ellen Doherty

Randolph High School, Schertz, TX

Texas A & M University

Business Management


Mariah Elizabeth Frerichs

Capital Christian High School, Sacramento, CA

California Baptist University



Erika Lauren Cruz Guevarra

Rodriguez High School, Fairfield, CA

San Francisco State University

Political Science


Danielle Nicole Henderson

Pioneer High School, Woodland, CA

Willamette University

Liberal Arts


David Ryan Ho

Napa High School, Napa, CA

University of California, Los Angeles



Mariellen C. Hofland

Dixon High School, Dixon, CA

Dordt College



Madison Ann Holzapple

Will C. Wood  High School, Vacaville, CA

Humboldt State University

Environmental Resource Engineering


Faith Elizabeth Lemire-Baeten

Liberty Ranch High School, Galt, CA

Harvey Mudd College



Emily Michaela Leokadia Lewis

Vanden High School, Fairfield, CA

University of California, Los Angeles

Business Economics


Paige Pritchett McGlothern

New Technology High School, Napa, CA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Animal Science


Leeza J. Oyoung

Armijo High School, Fairfield, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara



Sanchita Raychaudhuri

Davis Senior High School, Davis, CA

Harvard College



Ryan Ikaika Selfaison

Vanden High School, Fairfield, CA

Brigham Young University

Exercise Science


Rachel Gwen Tietze

Vacaville High School, Vacaville, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara



Headquartered in Vacaville, California, Travis Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution serving those who live or work in Alameda, Colusa, Contra Costa, Merced Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Napa and Yolo Counties. Currently, Travis Credit Union is the 12th largest credit union in California with more than 178,000 members and more than $2.1 billion in assets. As one of the leading financial institutions in Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Yolo and Merced Counties, Travis Credit Union’s strength lies in its faithful commitment to its members and the community; its solid, secure history; and its long-standing track record of dedicated service.

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