View From the Board: AFFCU levers scholarships & financial ed to help military families & dependents

by Ryan Ross, DCUC Board Member and AFFCU President/CEO, DCUC Insights

Air Force FCU (AFFCU) was established in 1952 by 10 air- men on JBSA-Lackland. Over the 71 years, AFFCU has grown to serve the diverse needs of over 52,000 members worldwide with a full array of financial services, seven branch locations, and the strength of more than $650 million in assets. Although military affiliation is no longer required to join AFFCU, we still have a long history of supporting our military. As a member-owned and not-for-profit organization, AFFCU is passionate about assisting the communities it serves through volunteer work, scholarships, and sponsorships.

Most recently, AFFCU announced the names of the five recipients in its 2023 Scholarship Program who will receive scholarships totaling $25,000.

The five winning students were selected by the Credit Union’s Youth Committee of the Board of Directors based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and essay submission and recognized at the AFFCU virtual Annual Meeting, held on March 27, 2023. The following students will each be awarded $5,000 on behalf of AFFCU:

  • Luis Rodriguez — the SMSgt George H. Einfeldt, USAF (Ret) Scholarship
  • Mikaela Garza — the MSgt Warren D. Vail, Sr., USAF (Ret) Scholarship
  • Virginia Bustos — the CMSgt James C. Kemple, USAF (Ret) Scholarship
  • Rhys Morrow — the CMSgt Ronald “Ron” Applegate, USAF (Ret) Scholarship
  • Christian Franco — the AFFCU Founders’ Scholarship


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