Two local students win large scholarships

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Golden 1 Credit Union (Golden 1) awarded more than $400,000 in college scholarships to 47 students across the state as part of its investment in California’s future leaders, two of which from Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

Recipients range from incoming college freshmen to college seniors and hail from regions throughout the state. El Dorado Hills resident John Rodriguez and Folsom resident Rachel Chu are among 38 recipients in the Sacramento region. They each received $5,000 per year for the remainder of their undergraduate studies.

“We are proud to support the education of these high-achieving and promising students. Our contribution to their education is a tribute to the recipients’ commitment to their academics and communities,” said Erica Taylor, Vice President of Communications and Community Relations for Golden 1. “Golden 1 believes in giving back to our members and our communities, and we are pleased to invest in the aspirations of our youth through this scholarship program.”

Rodriguez deferred his education for more than three years so his parents could save money to send his younger sister to Stanford, her dream college. For the past three years, Rodriguez has worked hard to put himself through college at California State University, Sacramento. He is entering his senior year and attending school full-time while working two jobs. Rodriguez is studying general management and hopes to attend the Haas School of Business at Berkeley upon graduation.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Golden 1 Credit Union has given me with this scholarship. With the costs of education rising, it is great to see that Golden 1 is taking steps to help keep more people in college that could not otherwise afford it,” Rodriguez said. Golden 1’s proactive approach to give the future leaders of California a better opportunity at life gives me the motivation I need to dig deeper and try harder at my studies.”

Chu is the daughter of immigrants and learned early in life the value of hard work and determination. She is a high achiever and credits teachers, mentors, and family for helping her get where she is today. She knows a good education is something not to be taken for granted. Chu works part time while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at California State University, Sacramento, where she is a junior studying marketing.

“Golden 1 is all about giving back to the community and doing the right thing, and that reflects my own values,” Chu said. “I’m so grateful for the Golden 1 scholarship, which is an investment in my future, giving me the opportunity to finish my degree, achieve my dreams and inspire the next generation.”

The Golden 1 Credit Union scholarship program provides credit union members and their dependents financial assistance, valued at up to $20,000 per student, for full-time students who plan to attend accredited, nonprofit two-year community colleges or four-year colleges and universities in California. Students received awards based on their academic achievements, community involvement, extracurricular activities, education and career goals. Since the program began in 2013, Golden 1 has awarded nearly $2.5 million in total scholarship funding.

“The effort, dedication and ambitions of our scholarship recipients continue to amaze us each year,” Taylor said. “We are excited to support our 2018 recipients as they go on to achieve great things in their personal, academic, and professional lives.”

Applications for the 2019 Golden 1 Credit Union scholarship program will open in October and be awarded in spring 2019.