San Luis Valley Federal Bank announces scholarship recipients


The San Luis Valley Federal Bank awarded scholarships to Adams State College students for the 2009/2010 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. 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."

Five scholarships are awarded each academic year and are renewable for up to four years, as long as the criteria is met. Students who received the award money are Xochitl Aguilera, Whitney Canty, Maria Casias, Kelsey Clair, Wendi Crowther, Dorinda David, Casey Diss, Michelle Mansanares, Patrick Ortiz, Briana Roybal, Lucus Torres, and Jessica Worker.

Incoming freshman, Canty, is interested in pursuing a career in education. She said the scholarship will help her realize her goals. Crowther has not yet decided on a major. She said the scholarship will help with tuition and appreciates the bank for helping sponsor their higher education.

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. We encourage families of the San Luis Valley to open an account with the bank allowing their children to participate in the banks scholarships."

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

By Linda Relyea