Altura Awards $38,000 in College Scholarships

Posted on July 8, 2013

$1,000 Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Grads

(Riverside, Calif.) July 8, 2013 – The Altura Scholarship Foundation, the educational foundation for Riverside-based Altura Credit Union, announced that it is awarding $38,000 in college scholarships to seniors who graduated from Riverside County high schools this year. Thus far, the names of 28 recipients have been released. (See below.)

Of the 38 scholarships for $1,000, 35 are directly from the Altura Scholarship Foundation. Five of those specifically recognize students in AVID programs. Plus, 10 scholarships will be awarded in August to local graduating seniors planning to attend the University of California, Riverside. In addition, three memorial scholarships were awarded.

Students are selected for scholarships based on their academic record, and an essay detailing their college goals, financial need and extracurricular activities. For more information about the scholarship program, visit the Scholarship section on Altura’s website,

More than 200 students applied for Altura scholarships this year, which are specifically for students graduating from Riverside County high schools who plan to enroll in accredited post-secondary institutions in the fall. Since its inception 20 years ago, more than $350,000 has been awarded to local students to help defray the cost of pursuing higher education.

2013 General Scholarship Recipients and their high schools:

Kaylee Daugherty, Banning

Rachel Flores, Beaumont

Michael Bueno, Canyon Springs

Yazleen Alonso, Citrus Hill

Hector Velderraint, Desert Springs

Gabriel Vega, Elsinore

Nikolos Radosevich, Great Oak

Jennifer Bu, John W. North

Aileen Fletcher, John W. North

Tianna Usher, John W. North

Seung Hwan Son, La Sierra

Rachael Smith, Martin Luther King

Samantha Santy, Murrieta Mesa

Cheryl Antram, Nuview Bridge Early College

Miguel Ugalde, Nuview Bridge Early College

Taylor Cavazos, Palo Verde

Karen Figueroa, Ramona

Tiffnay Truong, Ramona

Devin Deckert, Temescal Canyon

Rachel Garland, West Valley

2013 AVID Scholarship Recipients and their high schools:

Dakota Wilson, Lakeside

Andrea Nuno, Ramona

Maria Rivera, Ramona

Briana Nunez, Santiago

Chad Fontes, West Valley High School

2013 Memorial Scholarship Recipients, their high schools and the Memorial Scholarship Awarded:

Ariel Jordan, Canyon Springs - Kimberly Jean Flores Memorial Scholarship

Ariana Campos, North - Bonnie Gail Polis Educational Endowment

Alice Cisneros, Poly - Terry Ferrone Memorial Scholarship

Altura is very proud of its 56 years of service to Members in the Inland Empire. Today Altura is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in Riverside and San Diego counties, as well as selected cities in Orange and San Bernardino counties. Altura Credit Union,, has been recognized with the California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE), the state’s equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Today, Altura Credit Union 86,500 members and has $718.14 million in total assets. For more information on Altura, visit our website,, or call 1-888-883-7228.