Published On: Sat, Jun 21st, 2014

Caitlin Early, Monica Olvera, Justice Alvarado, Alan Garcia receive Suncoast CU Foundation scholarships

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation (Foundation) recognized four freshmen with $88,000 in higher education scholarships on June 18, 2014. Over 1,039 students throughout southwest Florida applied for the annual scholarship and this year’s amount is the highest the Foundation has awarded in a single year. Since 1992, the Foundation has awarded $1 million in higher education scholarships to over 550 students.

photo Tulane University Public Relations via wikimedia commons

photo Tulane University Public Relations via wikimedia commons

Scholarship recipients for 2014 include: 

$10,000 scholarship, renewable for four years: Caitlin Early, a graduate of Golden Gate High in Naples, Florida. Early plans to attend Gulf Coast University and study education.

$6,000 scholarship, followed by a $10,000 scholarship, renewable for two years: Monica Olvera graduated from Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Florida and will be attending Edison State College to study nursing.

$6,000 scholarship for a vocational or technical program:
Justice Alvarado graduated from Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida and will attend Manatee Technical Institute (MTI). Upon completion of MTI, Alvarado plans to receive a nursing degree from the State College of Florida.


$4,000 scholarship for a vocational or technical program: Alan Garcia graduated from Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida and has been accepted into the Heavy Equipment Program at i-Tech-Immokalee Technical Center.

“We believe that an investment in our youth is an investment in our community, and it’s our pleasure to award these students with scholarships designed to aid in their collegiate goals,” says Mary Tlachac, executive director of Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is sponsored entirely by Suncoast Credit Union, allowing 100 percent of funds contributed to go directly to the organizations and initiatives that assist children in the communities the credit union serves. In 2013, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation provided $1.7 million in funding and grants for a total of $9 million since its inception in 1992.

About Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the ninth largest in the United States based on membership and the 15th largest in the United States based on its $5.5 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 54 full-service branches and serves more than 575,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter. For more information visit: suncoastcreditunion.com facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.

Monica Olvera (middle), Justice Alvarado (left) and Alan Garcia (right) Suncoast scholarship

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