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SAFE CU Awards $10,000 in Local Scholarships


North Highlands, Calif. July 9, 2010 –Ten exceptional teens recently received scholarships as part of SAFE Credit Union’s annual scholarship program. The college-bound high school seniors were each awarded $1,000 for their outstanding achievements. Recipients were chosen based on exceptional grade-point averages, community service, and letters of recommendation. Each student was also asked to submit a personal composition on how their education will benefit the community.

The program is open annually to students who live or attend school in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, Amador, Butte, Contra Costa, Nevada, San Joaquin, Solano, or El Dorado Counties. In 2010, ten amazing students were recognized from 130 candidates. The recipients include:

  • Divya Balakrishnan, Roseville High School
  • Katherine Cayago, Lincoln High School
  • Staci Chant, Sheldon High School
  • Navjot Dhammi, River Valley High School
  • Estevan Ginsburg, Del Campo High School
  • Zachary Konecki, California Virtual Academy - Sutter
  • Steven Pham, Christian Brothers High School
  • Janalee Selfaison, Vanden High School
  • Jenkang Tao, Folsom High School

SAFE’s scholarship program started in 2001 and has since grown to include an additional $10,000 in support of Sacramento County Office of Education Academic Decathlon participants. The program underscores its commitment to youth and local schools, says SAFE President and CEO Henry Wirz.

“We want to provide students with the resources they need to improve their well-being,” Wirz says. “By rewarding outstanding academic achievement, we hope to encourage all students to thrive. By providing financial literacy resources, we hope to help them make responsible decisions as they transition to college life.”

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Established in 1940, SAFE Credit Union maintains assets in excess of $1.6 billion and serves more than 150,000 members through 21 branches in the greater Sacramento region.