Since 2004, American Airlines Federal Credit Union (AA Credit Union) has supported its young member-owners with scholarship award opportunities for higher education. This year, the AA Credit Union is pleased to announce an increase in the number of total scholarship awards from five to eight. Seven $1,500 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors and one $1,500 scholarship was awarded to a current college student.
The 2008 AA Credit Union Scholarship winners were chosen from 206 applicants from young member-owners across the country. Two selection committees comprised of various AA Credit Union staff members reviewed applications consisting of essays and listings of academic and extracurricular achievements.
"Each year, our selection process becomes more difficult and extremely competitive, and we applaud all of our applicants for their outstanding achievements during their high school and college careers," said Lori Hall, AA Credit Union's Senior Vice President - Marketing and Member Services. "We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the education of such well-deserving leaders of tomorrow."
AA Credit Union is proud to announce the following winners of 2008 AA Credit Union Scholarships:
High school recipients:
-- Zachary Chinea, age 18, St. Louis, Mo. Zachary will attend Southeast Missouri State University, where he plans on studying chemistry.
-- Kayla Evans, age 17, Auburn, Wash. Kayla will attend the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Health Sciences.
-- Tyler Franklin, age 18, Colleyville, Texas. Tyler will attend the University of Texas in Austin and has been accepted into the Engineering Honors Program at the Cockrell School of Engineering.
-- Peter Halibozek, age 17, Kensington, Conn. Peter will attend Dartmouth College, and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
-- Jordan Harris, age 18, North Richland Hills, Texas. Jordan will attend the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology or Third World Studies.
-- David Bradley Jones, age 18, Tulsa, Okla. David will attend the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Chemical Engineering.
-- Evan McClure, age 17, Brentwood, Tenn. Evan will attend Vanderbilt University, majoring in Medicine.
-- Michael Rieger, age 20, Islip Terrace, N.Y. Michael is a student at Hofstra University majoring in Video/Television with a minor in English.
The 2009 AA Credit Union Scholarship applications will be available in December 2008. To learn more about AA Credit Union Youth Programs, or to become a member-owner, call (800) 533-0035, or visit AACreditUnionYouth.org or your local Credit Union branch.
About American Airlines Federal Credit Union
The AA Credit Union was founded in 1936, and today serves the present and retired employees of American Airlines, their family members and others who work in the air transportation industry. AA Credit Union has more than 211,000 member-owners and assets of $4.8 billion. As a cooperative financial services institution, the Credit Union's goal is to provide the best possible benefits and services for its member-owners.
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