San Luis Valley Federal Bank announces scholarship recipients

(06-27-2008)

The San Luis Valley Federal Bank awarded scholarships to Adams State College students for the 2008/2009 academic year. SLV Federal Bank has awarded scholarships to Adams State students for nearly 30 years.

To be eligible for the scholarships, the parents, grandparents or student must have an account at the bank.

Duane Bussey, a 1982 Adams State graduate, 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 individual students that receive the scholarships and graduate have more opportunities in life and typically are more successful financially," he said. "The scholarship also allows these students the opportunity to stay here and receive an affordable quality education at Adams State rather than going outside the Valley."

Students who received the $500 scholarship last year and will continue to receive the award money this year are Xochitl Aguilera, Kayla Bagwell, Maria Casias, Kelsey Clair, Michelle Mansanares, Michaela Muniz, Lindy Norton, Patrick Ortiz, and Jared Romero. Students Jarrod Buxhemper, Casey Diss, Mato Marstrand-Sierra, Robert Week, and Jessica Worker, received a $1000 scholarship for this academic year, which is renewable. The following students received a one-time scholarship from the bank, Mark Ellsworth, Anthony Garcia, Sarah Keith, Antonio Lopez, Ashley Maestas, Ismael Maestas, Tate McDaniel, Lauren Paff, Kimberly Romero, Casey Siemering, Corrina Vigil, and Natasha Zamora.

Incoming freshman, Ellsworth, is interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. He said the scholarship will help him realize his dreams.

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 in helping the students of our customers with a scholarship to ASC," Cantu said. "We encourage families of the San Luis Valley to open an account with the bank allowing their children to participate in the banks scholarships."

Lopez, a senior music major, also runs track-and-field, and cross-country for the college. "I don't have the time to get a job," he said. "The scholarship really helps out with expenses."

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

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By Linda Relyea