Valley First

Valley First Awards $27,000 to 12 Students

12 students share $27,000 in education awards from Valley First
August 26, 2014

Penticton, B.C.—Twelve students—including eight from the South Okanagan and Similkameen and three from the Kelowna area—have received a major boost to their education funds after receiving 2014 Valley First education award.

The Valley First education award is presented in the form of 11 individual $2,000 awards to secondary and post-secondary students who are also Valley First members. Winners demonstrate outstanding school and community involvement. This year’s local recipients are Taylor Attrill and Elaina Collis from Penticton, Tayron Dueck from Kaledon, Corinne Henderson from Naramata, Sidné Hack from Okanagan Falls, Brett Loeppky from West Kelowna, Michelle Johnson and Kaitlyn Lafontaine from Kelowna, Tajinder Brar from Cawston, Wendy Wiebe from Nelson and Christina Schaefer from Keremeos.

Notably, Schaefer was also selected as one of two recipients of the $2,500 Feed the Valley Volunteer Award, which recognizes eligible secondary and post-secondary students who showed outstanding community volunteerism with their local food bank. The other winner was Skye Eriksen from Cawston.

“We’re proud to help such deserving students to further advance their educational pursuits,” says Valley First’s Susan Byrom. “For nearly 15 years, Valley First has provided education awards to deserving secondary and post-secondary students who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their schooling and in their communities. 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. Congratulations to all our recipients.”

Over the last 13 years, Valley First has distributed close to $300,000 in awards and scholarships. Eleven $2,000 education awards are presented to qualifying secondary and post-secondary students. In addition, 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. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees.

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