SLV Federal Bank continues to support ASU students


Marissa Ramirez, Kellie Veneman, Janae Rivera, Duane Bussey, Kylie Duarte, Victoria Jaramillo, Kyle Burnett, Sawyer Soden

Recipients of the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Scholarships include, (left to right) Marissa Ramirez, Kellie Veneman, bank senior vice president and CFO; Janae Rivera, Duane Bussey, bank president and CEO; Kylie Duarte, Victoria Jaramillo, Kyle Burnett, bank marketing officer; and Sawyer Soden.

The San Luis Valley Federal Bank awarded scholarships to 21 Adams State University students for the 2016/2017 academic year. The bank has assisted students financially through scholarships for nearly 40 years.

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 university 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 ASU increases the odds they will stay home to attend a great school. This helps enrollment at the university 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."

Recipients of the scholarship include Kelsey Arellano, Tyler Cerny, Marcus DeHerrera, Kylie Duarte, Alexis Duran, Presley Garcia, Tayleur Hillis, Victoria Jaramillo, Emily Logan, Tanner Martin, Arianna Martinez, Marissa Ramirez, Janae Rivera, Chelsie Anne Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Abbey Stagner, Russell Shawcroft, Sawyer Soden, Austen Velasquez, Jessica Worker and Morgan Zanski.

Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded each academic year and are renewable up to four year and several one year awards are made.

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