Denali. A division of Nuvision Credit Union proudly announces the winners of our 2020 scholarship program:

  • Jessica Yang – senior at West Anchorage High School. She plans to attend Stanford University to study Neuroscience or Human Biology.
  • Gavin Block – senior at Colony High School and also attending the Mat-Su Middle College School. He will be attending Cornell, studying Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Grayling Peterson – senior at South Anchorage High School, with plans to study Engineering Physics at Dartmouth College.
  • Kristina Yu – senior at West Anchorage High School. She will be attending Babson College, studying Entrepreneurship.

Each of these students have won a $5,000 scholarship from the Credit Union.

“We are excited to announce these winners,” declared Nuvision CEO Roger Ballard, “and to help them and their families as they head off to continue their education. Our judges were uniformly impressed by the applications submitted by students from across the state of Alaska, and it was not an easy decision to select these winners. Indeed, we had originally intended to give three scholarships in 2020, but there was a tie for one of the finalists so we decided to add a fourth winner to this year’s program because the entries were so impressive.”

There were nearly 70 entries from across Alaska in 2020, which made it the largest applicant field since the program started in 2003.

This year’s program was slightly different than past scholarship programs in that applicants were required to write an essay about financial literacy. The student essays covered many different facets of the topic – from their personal attempts to gain financial knowledge, to the state of financial literacy in schools, to plans for using the tools they’ve learned in school to help them with long-term financial planning and programming. Judging was conducted by employees at the Credit Union.

“I believe youth financial education is an essential part of what makes Nuvision Credit Union,” said Ballard. “We see the positive effects of good financial education and understanding, and are working throughout the year to build and support good financial habits in all of our members, particularly the younger members. These types of community efforts will help build a more educated and responsible consumer in the future.”