Maps Awards Scholarships to 28 Mid-Willamette Valley Students

May 18, 2021

(SALEM, Ore., May 18, 2021) – While this school year may have looked a lot different, one thing has not changed: our local students are resilient and inspiring. We had an impressive group of over 100 students apply for Maps scholarships this year. They shared their academic achievements, community involvement, and future goals with the selection committee. Creative videos highlighted their personal stories and how a Maps scholarship would help to make their educational dreams possible.

After some tough decision-making, the Maps Community Foundation will be awarding a total of $28,500 in scholarships to 28 Mid-Willamette Valley graduating seniors to support the next chapter in their educational journeys. Scholarships range in size from $500 to $3,500 for the 2021-22 school year. 

Of the 28 scholarship recipients, 10 participate in the West Salem and McKay High School business programs that manage the Maps Titan and Royal Scot high school branches. Nine scholarship winners live in rural Mid-Willamette Valley communities including Aurora, Silverton, Mount Angel, Independence, Stayton, and Lyons. 

This year, the two largest scholarships were given in honor of outstanding former Maps board members who have recently passed away. The first-ever $3,500 Gordon Sawser Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Alondra Ruiz Contreras from North Marion High School. Since 5th grade, she has loved math and everything to do with numbers and looks forward to pursuing her accounting degree from the University of Portland. Her plan is to bring her degree and skills back to her community. “I would like to help low-income households and immigrants with their taxes and other financial needs because I know how confusing it can be,” said Ruiz Contreras.

West Salem High School student Anthony Broncheau was awarded the $3,500 Phil Frey Memorial Scholarship. Broncheau is a Maps member who has been an active part of the West Salem High School business program for four years, including working as a teller at the Maps Titan Branch the past two years.  “Both of these amazing opportunities have set me up for success not only at the college level, but later on in the workforce.” Giving back to the community is also a passion for Broncheau. This past year, he established a small apparel business called “UMATTER” to raise awareness about suicide prevention and teen mental health concerns. He looks forward to studying business at Oregon State University in the fall.

More than double the applications were received this year from a diverse group of students hailing from across the Mid-Willamette Valley region.  This was the first year that several Maps Scholarships were designated for students of color, students who are the first generation in their family to attend college, and Career Technical Education (CTE) students. Award winners will be attending four-year universities or community colleges, with the majority enrolling at Oregon schools and several going out-of-state. 

“The Class of 2021 has shown so much strength and determination. We are honored to support this exceptional group of students in this next chapter of their education,” says Kim Hanson, Executive Director of the Maps Community Foundation. 

Through its Education Impact Area, Maps Community Foundation supports multiple community initiatives, including scholarships, teacher grants, school donations, college readiness, and Career Technical Education partnerships. Find details at mapscu.com

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Maps Community Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Maps Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative with 70,000 members and 9 branch locations in Salem, Keizer, Monmouth, Woodburn, Silverton, and Stayton. The mission of the Maps Community Foundation is to “enrich the lives of members and our community by investing in education, economic empowerment, and community vibrancy.” The Foundation is funded through Maps Credit Union, which invests one penny each time a member swipes a Maps Free Community Checking debit card. In 2020, members generated more than $100,000 to be distributed locally through the Maps Community Foundation.

Contact: 
Kim Hanson, Executive Director, Maps Community Foundation
office: 503-588-0181 x5752; cell: 503-881-4388; email: [email protected]