Coors Credit Union Scholarships

The winners of the 2016 Coors Credit Union scholarship have been selected based on their demonstration of a caring spirit and appreciation for others within their community.

This year, Coors Credit Union awarded three $2,000 scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year:  one to a Coors Credit Union member in good standing, and two to young adults within the Colorado community. 

Emma Hesse attends Lakewood High School and is planning to attend the University of Colorado Boulder to study integrative psychology in the fall. In addition to her outstanding academic records, Emma makes volunteer work a priority in her life. Through her efforts volunteering for a local Action Center, which provides food and clothing to the community, Emma recognized a need to bring more stylish and accessible clothing options for teens to choose from at the Action Center. Not only did Emma work with the Action Center to coordinate a redesign of the teen clothing section, but she organized clothing drives throughout local schools to collect the clothing options for her peers.

Aili Miyake, currently a senior at Arapahoe High School plans to attend Colorado University Boulder, majoring in Political Science. Aili celebrates diversity, actively encouraging communication and understanding across cultures and social structures. She volunteers a significant amount of time with Building Bridges, a non-profit with the mission to equip young people with the communication and leadership skills necessary to address the root causes of hate, discrimination and conflict. She has created a club at Arapahoe High School, called Aspects of Society, which invites students to an open forum to discuss challenges facing our communities.

Melissa Breathwaite, currently a student at Red Rocks Community College, plans to attend Colorado School of Mines and major in chemical engineering. As a member of Project UPLIFT, Melissa was part of a team to envision and create a solution for developing communities struggling with irrigation, and played an integral role in designing a solar-paneled irrigation system. Through Project UPLIFT, Melissa worked to demonstrate the intersection of science and society, recognizing that economic and ecologic success and sustainability extends far beyond each town, and encompasses whole communities, states and countries.