Valley First

$32,000 in Education Grants

Valley First announces $32,000 in education grants to local students
January 17, 2013

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First has renewed its commitment and passion for making a real difference in its communities by offering $32,000 in education awards to secondary and post-secondary students.

Over the last 13 years, Valley First has distributed close to $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries. In addition to its Valley First UBC Okanagan scholarship, open to those who are planning to attend UBCO, Valley First is introducing a new education award—the Feed the Valley volunteer education award—open to students who volunteer at their local food bank.

“It’s important to recognize those who are committed to academic excellence and community leadership,” says Valley First’s Christa Phillips. “For nearly 15 years, Valley First has proudly provided education awards to deserving secondary and post-secondary students. These awards are just one way we can recognize the positive impact that they have made, and will continue to make, in our local communities.”

Eleven $2,000 education awards will be presented to qualifying secondary and post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding school and community involvement. The UBCO scholarship, valued at $5,000 and two $2,500 awards for outstanding volunteerism in local food banks will total an additional $10,000 in education awards.

About Valley First

Valley First is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, which has 38 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat and Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. First West has approximately $6.6 billion in assets under administration, 169,000 members and 1,300 employees.

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