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49 Local Students Awarded College Scholarships From Altura


(Riverside, Calif.) June 14, 2017 – The Altura Credit Union Scholarship Foundation recently awarded college scholarships of $1,000 each to 45 students graduating from Riverside County high schools. Additionally, four local students each received $1,000 Memorial Scholarships through the Foundation. Since its inception in 1993, more than $600,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 635 local students to help pay the costs of higher education.

Of the 45 scholarships, 30 are general scholarships, five scholarships are for students in AVID programs, and 10 are specifically for students planning to attend the University of California, Riverside. The UCR recipients will be named in August. Nearly 200 students applied for scholarships this year. The program is open to students who attend public or private high schools in Riverside County who plan to attend an accredited college in the fall.

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

Altura General Scholarship Recipients & Their High Schools
Elizabeth Ross, Arlington High School
Adrian Castellanos, Cathedral City High School
Alexa Terrazas, Cathedral City High School
Mark Vogt, Cathedral City High School
Neomi Aldama, Citrus Hill High School
Clifton Alexander, Citrus Hill High School
Eric Bautista, Citrus Hill High School
Jewelia Flores, Citrus Hill High School
Niko Marron, Citrus Hill High School
Elizabeth Vega, Citrus Hill High School
Brianna Moran-Gorham, Elsinore High School
Maya El Jawhari, Hillcrest High School
Eva Murillo, Indio High School
Setayesh Nekarae, John W. North High School
Baltazar Sanchez, John W. North High School
Yvonne Unoje, John W. North High School
Cesar Serrato-Gomez, Lakeside High School
Elizabeth DeRuyter, Martin Luther King High School
Dominique Frazier, Moreno Valley High School
Leticia Vargas, Nuview Bridge Early College High
Carissa Young, Norco High School
Omar Castillo, Norte Vista High School
Derek Chen, Poly High School
Destinee Taylor, San Jacinto High School
Julianna Rodriguez, Temecula Valley High School
Duha Alfatlawi, Temescal Canyon High School
Reanna Castorena, West Valley High School
Stephanie Matias, West Valley High School
Isabel Michel, West Valley High School
Alicia Stackpole, West Valley High School

Avid Student Scholarship Winners
Sarah Baltazar, Cathedral City High School
Brenda Diaz, Citrus Hill High School
Lizette Garcia , John W. North High School
Wendy Osorio, Ramona High School
Alyssa Ibarra, West Valley High School

Terry Ferrone Memorial Scholarship
Nataly Guido-Romero, John W. North High School

Bonnie Gail Polis Educational Endowment
Madison Couto, Ramona High School
Julio Jaramillo, Ramona High School

Kimberly Jean Flores Memorial Scholarship
Jennifer Roman, Canyon Springs High School

Photo Caption
Patrice Rogers, a supervisor from Altura Credit Union, presents Nuview Bridge Early College High School graduate Leticia Vargas, right, with the $1,000 scholarship she was awarded by the credit union’s Scholarship Foundation. Vargas was one of 49 students to receive $1,000 scholarships this year.

Based in the Inland Empire for 60 years, Altura Credit Union serves 117,250 Members, has $1.2 billion in total assets and operates 13 branch offices in Riverside County. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Riverside and San Diego counties; selected cities in San Bernardino and Orange counties; as well as U.S. Military, U.S. Government and Civilian employees working at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County; and retirees of the United States Armed Forces. For more information on Altura, visit, or call 1-888-883-7228.