The San Luis Valley Federal Bank awarded scholarships to Adams State University students for the 2012/2013 academic year. SLV Federal Bank has awarded scholarships to Adams State students for nearly 36 years. To be eligible for the scholarships, the parents, grandparents or student must have an account at the bank.
Duane Bussey, a 1982 Adams State graduate and president of San Luis Valley Federal Bank, said the bank’s board of directors believes an investment in education at Adams State is a great investment in the local community. “The college enriches our valley community in so many ways and we want to see it remain healthy and continue to grow. Providing more financial opportunities for local students to attend ASU increases the odds they will stay home to attend a great school. This helps enrollment at the college and ultimately provides local businesses with a more educated and talented workforce from which to hire. And, business reasons aside, investing in a person’s education just feels great.”
Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded each academic year and are renewable for up to four years, so the bank has as many as twenty scholarships funded at any given time. Students who received the award money for this academic year include Marlee Canada, Logan Chavez, Kelsey Clair, Michelle Crowther, Wendi Crowther, Casey Diss, Felipe Gonzalez, Ashley Griego, Dylan Haslett, Lydia Hunt, Kelby Maestas, Lauren Martin, Dawn Melagres, Clay Mullins, Bethany Robirds, Amanda Romero, Briana Roybal, Jessica Ryker, Amber Shawcroft, Bowen Soden, and Lucas Torres.
Senior Vice President of SLV Federal Bank Toney Cantu, a 1970 Adams State graduate, said the scholarships benefit the customers of the bank. “The bank is very pleased to provide this opportunity to our customers. We encourage people in the San Luis Valley to open an account with the bank allowing themselves or their children the chance to participate in the bank’s scholarship program.”
The bank currently has eleven full-time employees who are Adams State grads and one part-time employee who is a current student. Also, five members of the Board of Directors are alumni.