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Silver State Schools Credit Union Announces 2013 College Scholarship Winners

Las Vegas, NV – Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) has announced its 2013 college scholarship winners. Each of these scholarships awards $2,000 annually, renewable for up to four years, and is awarded to high school seniors who are Credit Union members and who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Of the six scholarships, four were named for long-time volunteers Arlene Parkinson, Bart Roche, Leonard Petoske, and William Moore. The two remaining were known simply as “SSSCU” scholarships. These scholarships were renamed this year to honor Terry Mannion, current board chair and SSSCU volunteer for over 20 years, and Harold McKay, SSSCU founder, and its first manager.

Arlene Parkinson Scholarship to Laura Andrea Prieto, Las Vegas Academy, who will graduate first in her class of 372 students with a weighted GPA of 4.7. She intends to pursue a degree in Biological Studies at either UNR, or Loyola Chicago, with a view to becoming a pediatric physical therapist for children with disabilities.

Bart Roche Scholarship to Coronado High School’s Wen Jay Tan, who will graduate first in his class of 693 students with a weighted GPA of 4.77. His academic achievements include scoring the highest possible score (5) on six AP exams including Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Psychology, English Language and Composition, and U.S. History. Wen Jay wishes to pursue a career in computer engineering or software design.

Leonard Petoske Scholarship to Sharon Malwane of Coronado High School, who will graduate first in her class of 693 students with a weighted GPA of 4.8. Sharon has applied and been accepted by UNLV to study Biology and Medicine. Her goal is to become a physician and to set up a free clinic to serve the poor and homeless.

William Moore Scholarship goes to Emma Berkowitz from Centennial High School, who will graduate first in her class of 721 seniors, with a weighted GPA of 4.7. A tenacious fundraiser, she inspired 33 of her classmates to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; raising over $3,000 for cancer research. She is planning on attending Cal Poly Pomona to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

The Terry Mannion Scholarship goes to Nicolas Vaughn, from Clark High School who has achieved an overall weighted GPA of 4.67. His experiences with his family on a medical mission in East Timor compelled him to form a Microbank Club, the first of its kind at Clark High School, to fund small businesses in that country. Nicolas intends to study Neuroscience.

The Harold McKay Scholarship goes to Andrew Miller, of CSN High School, West Charleston Campus. He will graduate this June with 48 transferable college credits, and a GPA of 4.2. An Eagle Scout who, for his Eagle Project, collected over 500 toys for Ronald McDonald house, Andrew will attend UNR and intends to study Biology.

Silver State Schools Credit Union was founded in 1951 to serve Nevada’s educational community, and currently has 9 locations throughout the Las Vegas valley.


Each of these scholarships, awards $2,000 annually, renewable for up to four years, and is awarded to seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and community service
Release Date: 4/30/2013

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