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2012 Members Scholarship Winners

September 17, 2012 | Alliant Credit Union

Alliant recently selected five members to receive $2,000 each in this year's Members Scholarship Program. They were among more than 100 applicants evaluated on their academic performance, community involvement, personal goals and what Alliant means to them.

Congratulations to the winners:

Jessica Franz, of Bloomingdale, IL, is a freshman at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She plans to major in environmental science and architecture. Graduating 2nd out of a high school class of 632 and scoring in the 99th percentile on her ACT test, Jessica participated in her school's Spanish Club and Earth Club and played on its volleyball and soccer teams. She also volunteered to help the homeless with PADS through her church.

"Vocationally, I plan to bridge my study of environmental science and architecture by pursuing a master's degree in sustainable real estate development and by designing ‘green buildings.' I want to join the Peace Corps and help repair the environment in third-world countries."

Kali Masamoto, of Carlsbad, CA, is a freshman at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. If you were among the 50 million TV viewers of the Macy's 2011 Thanksgiving Dayparade in New York City, you may have noticed Kali. A flutist extraordinaire, she marched in the prestigious invitation-only Macy's Great American Marching Band. An A+ student, Kali played in her school band, served as an editor on its newspaper and earned money giving piano lessons.

"I look forward to a crazy, albeit thought-provoking course load at college. I want, in no particular order, to become fluent in Spanish, study in Japan and join the Peace Corps. I really want to improve people's lives and I plan to be a high school band teacher for at-risk kids."

Nicole Naramura of Dublin, CA, transferred this fall to UCLA in Los Angeles, CA, from Las Positas Community College in Livermore, CA. She is a human biology and society major. Her community related activities include serving as president of Students for Social Justice. She also volunteers to help teenagers who had failed math to rebuild their confidence and master math in a fun way.

"I plan to go to medical school and study preventative medicine. I would like to provide free health care and medicine for people in the third-world countries. And I'm committed to being a social activist who helps people create healthier communities."

Crystal Romero, of Vacaville, CA, is a freshman at Stanford University, in Stanford, CA, who plans to major in biology. Valedictorian of her high school, she served as its student council vice president and Spanish club president. When her soccer coach wanted to give her an award, he created one for her: "The Just Plain Awesome Award." Crystal is also a pianist and busy community service volunteer.

"Crystal Romero: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. I can image that job title now. It's my mission. I want to eliminate the dreadful diseases that affect us today and I itch at every opportunity to explore medicine in its entirety."

Finianne Umali, of Kensington, CA, is a senior at Union College in Lincoln, NE. She is a pre-med student, majoring in international rescue and relief. At school, she tutors students in chemistry, plays on the varsity volleyball team and leads tours for prospective students. Her missionary work has taken her to Ecuador, Haiti, Malaysia and Mexico.

"After traveling to Haiti after its 2010 earthquake, I found my life's calling: providing medical care to people in need. At school, I've become trained to provide disaster-relief aid. I look forward to becoming a pediatrician and to help advance medical techniques and services in underprivileged countries."


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