Future Leader Scholarships

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all of this year’s applicants!

Our 2019 Future Leader Scholars have been selected. We are pleased to announce our recipients and the school they are currently attending (in alphabetical order):

• Samantha Botello, Warren High School
• Stacy Evans, Capella University
• Elizabeth Gonzales, St. Anthony Catholic High School
• Maya Hammer, Pepperdine University
• Star Jimenez, Our Lady of the Lake University
• Ben Olivares, International School of the Americas
• Daniel Resendez, Texas A&M University
• Kaitlyn Salazar, Our Lady of the Lake University
• Mia Saucedo, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
• Valerie Villa, Our Lady of the Lake University
• Beth Weyel, Palo Alto Community College

Kaitlyn Salazar received the GFCU employee/related FLS award, recognizing a staff member or immediate relative for their academic achievement and essay submission.

The 2019 Future Leader Scholarship coordinating committee would like to extend thanks to the following judges for participating in the evaluation of our applicants:
• Rene Aguirre, San Antonio Fire Department
• Al Arreola, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
• Brianna Dimas, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
• Lisa Marie Gomez, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,
• Rosalie Manzano, Chair, GFCU Board of Directors
• Richard Miller, 100 Club of San Antonio
• The Honorable Ina Minjarez, Texas House of Representative, District 124
• Frances Ochoa, San Antonio Police Department
• Rose Rangel, GFCU Board of Directors
• Ken Raymie, GFCU
• Steve Schipull, GFCU
• Paula Tucker, Boysville
• Navarra Williams, SAMMinistries
• Melody Zamora, DDS, Zam Dental

The GFCU Board of Directors is honoring former board members by recognizing Future Leader Scholarship recipients who demonstrate the values shared by these former colleagues.

Maya Hammer, student at Pepperdine University in California, has received the 2019 Leroy Harvey Honorary Scholarship designation. Mr. Harvey, a career city employee and educator, served as a GFCU volunteer for nearly 50 years. His commitment to lifelong community service helped shape GFCU’s member engagement and community involvement through the years, and will continue to do so in the future. Ms. Hammer volunteers with various organizations, and plans to bring orthodontic and dental health services to communities in need.

Ben Olivares, student at International School of the Americas in San Antonio, is the recipient of our 2019 Robert “Bobby” Guerra Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Guerra, a former San Antonio firefighter and teacher at the SA Fire Academy, helped guide and mentor today’s generation of leaders in the SA Fire Department. Mr. Olivares shares a kindred spirit and self-reflection in building a community to help others succeed.

Congratulations to these recipients.

We wish all applicants continued success in their educational endeavors. Look for 2020 Future Leader Scholarship information in December 2019.

If you have questions about the Future Leader Scholarship Program, send an email to CorpComm@mygenfcu.org, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.