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Gwynn Deaver
Firstmark Credit Union

Firstmark Credit Union awards $15,000 in annual scholarships to area high school seniors

San Antonio, TX (June 11, 2018) – As the credit union for educators, Firstmark Credit Union is proud to support the education community by offering scholarships to local, graduating high school seniors. Nathanael Tarwasokono, president and CEO of Firstmark Credit Union, is proud to announce the 2018 Frank Price Cunningham & Helen Shipman Cunningham Scholarship recipients.

“We are pleased to once again offer our scholarship program to give exceptional students an opportunity to advance their goals of pursing a higher education,” Clare Coleman, board member and scholarship committee chair.

Echoing her praise, Tarwasokono added, “It is a privilege to help these young adults realize their dreams to become an innovative teacher, politician, architect, physical therapist, and engineer.”

Each year, Firstmark Credit Union awards $1,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors to aid with college costs. The Frank Price Cunningham & Helen Shipman Cunningham scholarship fund was established to honor the long-standing commitment of Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham, who together served the credit union for more than 75 years as president and vice president, respectively. Since 1993, Firstmark has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in our community.

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

  • Thais Barron, McCollum High School
  • Yliana Beck, Burbank High School
  • Liliana Briseno, East Central High School
  • Madeline Cheatle, Clemens High School
  • Ariana Garcia, Judson Early College Academy
  • Hilaire Garza, Incarnate Word High School
  • Brett Glasscock, MacArthur High School
  • Sierra Gonzales, Fox Tech High School
  • Miranda Gutierrez, Kennedy High School
  • Claudia Medellin, South San High School
  • Yohandra Morales, Warren High School
  • Calvin Rangel, Southwest High School
  • Robert Reinhard, Blanco High School
  • Emily Rios, O’Connor High School
  • Howard Timlin, Roosevelt High School

Scholarship Requirements
Applicants must be a member or child of a member in good standing with Firstmark Credit Union, be in the top 15% of their graduating class and demonstrate academic achievement, character and leadership in high school.

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union has been helping people achieve financial success for more than 85 years. Founded in 1932 by ten teachers within the San Antonio Independent School District, Firstmark has grown their original $475 investment to over 100,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Firstmark is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution focused on helping people to better their lives and small businesses. For more information, visit or call 210.342.8484.