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Altura CEO Jennifer Binkley and Cheech Marin hold check of 600,000 for Cheech Art Center

Altura Awards College Scholarships to 50 Local Students


(Riverside, Calif.) June 28, 2018 – The Altura Credit Union Scholarship Foundation recently awarded $1,000 college scholarships to 50 students graduating from Riverside County public and private high schools who plan to attend college in the fall. The total of all scholarships awarded this year is $50,000.

“Altura has been empowering the college dreams of high school students since 1993,” said Jennifer Binkley, Altura CEO and president. “Altura has always strongly supported education and students, and our scholarship program is just one of the many ways we do that. Since its inception, we have awarded more than $650,000 in scholarships, assisting 685 students in achieving their education goals.”

Of the scholarships awarded this year, 30 are general scholarships and five are for students in AVID program. Ten scholarships are designated for students planning to attend the University of California, Riverside, and will be awarded in August. Five more students received memorial or special scholarships this year, including the “Altura Future Leader Scholarship,” funded by CEO Binkley.

Altura’s scholarship program is open to students who, upon graduation from a public or private high school in Riverside County, 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.

2018 List of General Scholarship Winners
Monserrat Avarado, Arlington HS
Ishmael Ramirez, Cathedral City HS
David Sanchez, Cathedral City HS
Shan Vo, Cathedral City HS
Niabi Campbell, Citrus Hill HS
Reginea Jackson, Citrus Hill HS
Eric Simpson, Citrus Hill HS
Jessica Hernandez-Beltran, Desert Mirage HS
Ahmad Said, Elsinore HS
Krusha Patel, Indio HS
Alissa Rocha, Indio HS
Issac Kim, John W. North HS
Jiwon Shin, John W. North HS
Carlos Carachure, Norte Vista HS
Conner Chappel, Norte Vista HS
Natalie Hernandez, Ramona HS
Nanyori Davis-Arnold, Ramona HS
Claudia Velazquez, Ramona HS
Gabriel Ambriz, San Jacinto HS
Guadalupe Botello, San Jacinto HS
Sonia Chinedu, San Jacinto HS
Emmi Deckard, Santiago HS
David Sanchez, Tahquitz HS
Thalia Castaneda, West Valley HS
Diana Gonzalez Villeda, West Valley HS
Kayden Hernandez, West Valley HS
Ximena Ojeda, West Valley HS
Jacqueline Thompson-Cisneros, West Valley HS
Julio Villaruel, West Valley HS
Sadie Barbee, Woodcrest Christian HS

2018 Avid Winners
Liliana Zamora, Cathedral City HS
Secora Sanchez, Heritage HS
Olivia Gehrs, Ramona HS
Brenda Romero, Rancho Verde HS
Kaila Nevarez , West Valley HS

Terry Ferrone Memorial Scholarship
Trinity Long, Poly High School

Bonnie Gail Polis Educational Endowment
Gabriela Mora, John W. North High School
Isabella Martinez, Martin Luther King High School

Kimberly Jean Flores Memorial Scholarship
Maritza Brito, Canyon Springs High School

Altura Future Leader Scholarship
Issac Alcaraz, West Valley High School

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Altura CEO Jennifer Binkley participated in the Awards Ceremony at Hemet’s West Valley High School, where she awarded eight scholarships to graduating seniors. In total, Altura awarded $50,000 in college scholarships in 2018 to students graduating from Riverside County public and private high schools.

Based in the Inland Empire for 60 years, Altura Credit Union serves more than 123,000 Members, has $1.358 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 www.alturacu.com, or call 1-888-883-7228.