Valley First

$27,000 in Education Awards

Valley First to offer $27,000 in education awards to deserving local students
February 4, 2014

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to making a positive difference in its communities by offering $27,000 in education awards to secondary and post-secondary students throughout British Columbia in 2014. Over the last 14 years, Valley First has proudly provided more than $300,000 to students going on to post-secondary education.

“At Valley First, we recognize the importance of continuing education and we know that for many young people, attending post-secondary school can be a pipe dream because of high tuition fees,” says Christa Phillips, community investment administrator at Valley First. “That’s why Valley First is proud to continue our education awards program to offer deserving secondary and post-secondary students who are committed to academic excellence and community leadership some financial reward. It’s just one way we’re helping students to realize their potential and encouraging them to strive for excellence in school and in their local communities.”

Eleven education awards of $2,000 each will be presented to qualifying secondary and post-secondary students throughout the province who demonstrate outstanding school and community involvement. The competition is open to students who are members of Valley First, or the dependent of a Valley First member, in good standing prior to July 1, 2013.

In recognition of Valley First’s innovative community program, Feed the Valley, two additional education awards of $2,500 each will be offered to secondary and post-secondary students who actively volunteer with their local food bank. The Feed the Valley Volunteer Education Awards are open to students who have demonstrated outstanding community volunteerism with their local food bank in communities where Valley First operates. Applicants for this award do not need to be a member of Valley First to qualify.

These award applications and full qualifying criteria can be picked up at any Valley First branch as of Feb. 3. All submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014 and award recipients will be notified in early May.

About Valley First

Valley First is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, which has 40 branches and 28 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat and Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.1 billion in assets under administration, more than 171,000 members and close to 1,300 employees.

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