Bay Federal Credit Union announced the winners of its financial scholarships March 29 at its annual meeting held in person at Bay Federal’s Capitola branch and on Zoom.
Local students Coleman Garner, Juan Padilla and Carmen Sauceda were named scholarship recipients. Micaela DiPiero and Albert Vizcarra received Mac McCormac employee scholarships. Each will receive $1,500 for school-related expenses.
Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal, announced the winners at the meeting.
“I am incredibly happy to honor these hard-working students,” Birkhofer said in a prepared statement. “I hope each of them will succeed in their studies and continue to make a real difference in our world.”
Fellowship applicants were required to submit essays outlining their approach to improving the financial management skills of adolescents and adults in their communities. The trials were judged blind.
Since 2008, Bay Federal has awarded 75 scholarships totaling $76,500 to students pursuing graduate studies.
Sereno chooses Monarch
Local real estate company Sereno selected Monarch Services as first-time grant recipient
quarter of 2022 as part of its ongoing 1% For Good charitable giving program, according to a company statement.
Monarch Services is a non-profit group that helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault
and human trafficking. It offers support systems for those in need, including those meeting basic needs such as housing, food, and clothing, and is the only emergency shelter in Santa Cruz.
Sereno’s 1% For Good program was born in Santa Cruz in 2012, and for the past ten years has
grew to include 19 corporate offices employing over 575 agents on the Central Coast,
South Bay, Peninsula, East Bay, Sierra and Lake Tahoe areas of Northern California.
Monarch Services is expected to receive its grant check this month. Local nonprofits are encouraged to obtain information on the 1% For Good grant application process at sereno.com/one-percent or by
The bank promotes Carson
Santa Cruz County Bank announced on March 31 the promotion of Mary Anne Carson to executive vice president. Under her new title, Carson will continue and expand her leadership as chief marketing officer of the bank.
In November 2003, Carson became the fourth employee hired by Santa Cruz County Bank in its pre-startup phase. She is responsible for marketing, advertising, corporate messaging, community development, donations, media relations, shareholder relations and sits on the Bank’s executive team.
During her banking career spanning more than 30 years, Carson has gained first-hand knowledge of nearly every aspect of banking, in roles beginning as a teller and progressing through operations, lending, financial services management, marketing and advertising, public relations and corporate affairs.
The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Santa Cruz Parlor 26, awarded 10 Mae B. Wilkins/Phyrne Lorenz Scholarships valued at $5,000 each to help outstanding high school seniors and Cabrillo College students advance their studies.
The show honored the following students:
• Elizabeth Randolph, Aptos High School.
• Neva Lunine, Harbor High School.
• Mandy LeMere, St. Francis High School.
• Sarah Stoelting, San Lorenzo High School.
• Antonia Torres-Tinoco, Watsonville High School.
• Arlette Del Toro-Rodriguez – Watsonville High School
• Marika Snavely, Cabrillo College – nursing.
• Brenda Stringer, Cabrillo College – nursing.
• Vanessa Lopez, Cabrillo College – nursing.
• Xiaofeng He, Cabrillo College – dental hygiene.
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