STUDENTS WIN MONEY FROM 'SCHOOLS'
May 12, 2007
Author: Sadie Jo Smokey, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 2
Two graduating seniors from north Phoenix high schools are thanking their credit
union for keeping their money safe and for helping pay for college expenses.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union awarded scholarships to seven Valley
students on May 3 at the Desert Schools corporate headquarters in Phoenix.
Yazmin Avila, a student at North Canyon High, won a $5,000 scholarship.
Shruti Bala, a student at Barry Goldwater High, won $1,000.
Avila, who will attend the University of Arizona in the fall, said her parents
inspired her to do her best in school. When Avila and her brother were young,
their mom took a job at Palomino Elementary School so she could be close to her
children and be involved with their education. Avila volunteers at the school as
a bilingual translator at parent-teacher conferences.
"When I was growing up, I had my mom at home and at school," Avila said. "My mom
is happy I'm getting this opportunity, but she's sad I'm leaving, too."
Shruti, a 16-year-old senior with a 4.78 grade- point average will also attend
"I was thinking of going out of state, but the scholarships made it easier to
stay in Arizona," Shruti said. "My mom is excited I'm staying close to home."
At the scholarship reception, students learned that teachers who were committed
to helping others founded the credit union. Susan Frank, president and CEO, said
the word "schools" is part of the institution's name for a reason.
"It's there as a constant reminder to remain invested in the next generation of
Arizona's leaders," Frank said.
Each year, the credit union offers scholarships to students for their hard work
and dedication, both in the classroom and in the community.
Since 2004, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union has awarded more than $50,000 to
20 Valley students who set the standard for community service and academic
excellence, bank officials said.
CAPTION: Yazmin Avila
Edition: Final Chaser
Section: Northeast Phoenix Republic