San Luis Valley Federal Bank announces scholarship recipients

(07-22-2011)

The San Luis Valley Federal Bank awarded scholarships to Adams State College students for the 2011/2012 academic year. SLV Federal Bank has awarded scholarships to Adams State students for nearly 35 years. To be eligible for the scholarships, the parents, grandparents or student must have an account at the bank.

Recipients of the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Scholarships include,  (left to right) back: Kelby Maestas, Lucas Torres, Wendi Crowther, Amanda Romero; front: Duane Bussey, bank president; Dylan Haslett, Casey Diss, Kelsey Clair, and Toney Cantu, bank senior vice president.

Recipients of the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Scholarships include, (left to right) back: Kelby Maestas, Lucas Torres, Wendi Crowther, Amanda Romero; front: Duane Bussey, bank president; Dylan Haslett, Casey Diss, Kelsey Clair, and Toney Cantu, bank senior vice president.

Duane Bussey, a 1982 Adams State graduate and president of San Luis Valley Federal Bank, said the bank's board of directors believes an investment in education at Adams State is a great investment in the local community. "The college enriches our valley community in so many ways and we want to see it remain healthy and continue to grow. Providing more financial opportunities for local students to attend ASC increases the odds they will stay home to attend a great school. This helps enrollment at the college and ultimately provides local businesses with a more educated and talented workforce from which to hire. And, business reasons aside, investing in a person's education just feels great."

Five scholarships are awarded each academic year and are renewable for up to four years, so the bank has as many as twenty scholarships funded at any given time. Students who received the award money for this academic year are Xochitl Aguilera, Marlee Canada, Whitney Canty, Kelsey Clair, Wendi Crowther, Casey Diss, Dylan Haslett, Lydia Hunt, Kelby Maestas, Michelle Mansanares, Lauren Martin, Amanda Romero, Briana Roybal, and Lucas Torres.

Senior Vice President of SLV Federal Bank Toney Cantu, a 1970 Adams State graduate, said the scholarships benefit the customers of the bank. "The bank is very pleased to provide this opportunity to our customers. We encourage people in the San Luis Valley to open an account with the bank allowing themselves or their children the chance to participate in the banks scholarship program."

The bank currently has ten full-time employees who are Adams State grads and one part-time employee who is a current student. Also, five members of the Board of Directors are alumni.