Bay Federal awards scholarships to local students

Chair of Bay Federal Credit Union Board of Directors Jim Phillips, (left) and Bay Federal Credit Union President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer (right) presented Leslie Lopez-Ezqueda (second from left) and Hannah Levy as the winners of the $1,500 Education Scholarship at the credit union’s headquarters in Capitola on Tuesday. (Contributed photo)

CAPITOLA — Bay Federal Credit Union on Tuesday doled out $7,500 worth of scholarships to local students.

Hannah Levy, Leslie Lopez-Ezqueda and Spenser Burke were winners of the $1,500 Education Scholarship and Camila Martinez and Raelene Rodriguez won the $1,000 Mac McCormac Scholarship, which is named after the credit union’s first employee.

I am so inspired by the potential of each of these outstanding winners,” Bay Federal President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer. “My hope that their educational opportunities will lead them to make a real difference in our communities and our world.”

Levy is a Scotts Valley High School alumna who is pursuing a Master’s degree in education at the University of Washing in Seattle.

Lopez-Ezqueda is an alumna of Watsonville High School in her junior year at Cal State Sacramento where she is majoring in political science and minoring in sociology.

Burke, an alumnus of Cabrillo College, is currently a senior at Cal Poly-Pomona pursuing his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Martinez, an employee at the credit union’s River Street branch, is studying business administration at Cabrillo

Rodriguez is studying collaborate health and human services with a concentration public administration and nonprofit management at Cal State Monterey Bay while also working at the credit union’s Watsonville branch.

Applicants were required to submit essays, which were reviewed by a group of Bay Federal employees, describing the most important financial issue facing their community.

Since 2008, Bay Federal has awarded $52,000 in scholarships to local students.

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