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Bay Federal Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Financial Educator Tiffany Zachmeier a Surprise Winner after Years of Running Scholarship Program
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Capitola, CA – April 11, 2017 – Bay Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO, Carrie Birkhofer, announced the winners of its 2017 scholarships, including a surprise scholarship award to a longtime employee, in front of a crowd of 88 at the Credit Union’s Annual Meeting on March 28.

Bay Federal awarded Education Scholarships of $1,500 each to local students: Maria Avalos-Romero, Spenser Burke, and Leslie Lopez-Ezqueda. It also awarded Mac McCormac Employee Scholarships of $500 to employees: Kiannah Rocha-Ventura, Indigo Prizm, and Tiffany Zachmeier.

Each year, Bay Federal awards three Education Scholarships to members in pursuit of a post-high school education. Applications include academic and/or professional achievements, a statement about why the applicant should receive a scholarship, and a 5-10 page essay about an important financial lesson the applicant has learned. Bay Federal also awards one or more Mac McCormac Employee Scholarships, named for Bay Federal’s first employee, to staff pursuing their own education. Over the years, Bay Federal has awarded 36 scholarships totaling $33,500 to promote education among the community and its membership.

Who Are The Education Scholarship Winners?
•    Maria Avalos-Romero — Avalos-Romero, a Cabrillo College student, plans to transfer to Cal State Monterey Bay and study Social and Behavioral Sciences in the fall. The pre-law student from Santa Cruz first won the Education Scholarship in 2013 as a high school senior. She is the only winner to be awarded the scholarship a second time.
•    Spenser Burke — Burke, a Cabrillo College student and NHS employee who lives in Santa Cruz, plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona and study Industrial Engineering this fall.
•    Leslie Lopez-Ezqueda — Lopez-Ezqueda, who is from Watsonville, currently attends Cal State Sacramento and is working toward a degree in Biology.

Who Are The Mac McCormac Scholarship Winners?
•    Kiannah Rocha-Ventura — Rocha-Ventura, who works as a teller at Bay Federal’s Aptos Branch and is from Watsonville, currently attends Cabrillo College. She plans to transfer to San Jose State University and earn a degree in Business.
•    Indigo Prizm — Prizm works as a Loss Mitigation Specialist at Bay Federal and is taking classes at DeAnza College to fulfill prerequisites for an MBA program. She lives in Campbell.
•    Tiffany Zachmeier — By day, Zachmeier has worked for Bay Federal in a number of capacities over two decades and is its Certified Financial Educator. The mother of two, who lives in Santa Cruz, takes online and evening classes through Cabrillo College. She plans to transfer eventually and earn her degree in Anthropology. As the scholarship program manager, she would never enter the contest herself, making the award a true surprise when it was presented to her.

“After launching a successful career and raising two beautiful kids, it’s Tiffany’s turn to go back to school,” Birkhofer said. “She has made education her purpose in work and in life, and she has inspired many others to be life-long learners. She truly deserves this award.”

About Bay Federal Credit Union
Bay Federal is a full-service, not-for-profit financial institution that serves more than 65,000 members and 1,200 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. With more than $857 million in assets, Bay Federal Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County, serving its members and the community since 1957. Since 2002, 100% of all employees have given their own money and volunteered for numerous local schools, nonprofit organizations, and community events.

Contact: Amy Ivey, VP Marketing and Development
Bay Federal Credit Union

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