2017 Scholarship Recipient Recap

BECU Awards $240,000 in Scholarships

The BECU Foundation recognized 80 graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students with $3,000 scholarships.

Since the BECU Foundation's inception in 1995, BECU has given more than $2 million in scholarships to student members. This year, 80 students were selected from more than 1,000 student members who applied for the scholarship as the recipients were chosen based on their grade point average and community service work.

50 of the 80 scholarship recipients had a ball at Safeco Field on June 22, as they and their guests munched on ballpark popcorn while receiving financial and career advice from BECU employees Kyle Schnell, Recruiting Manager, and Stacey Black and Ruth Kaneko, Financial Educators.

While sharing budgeting advice, Stacey engaged the students by asking, "How much top ramen can you really eat?"

For their part, many of the students engaged by calling out their own examples of saving. We're hopeful that their ideas will reduce the amount of ramen they'll need to ingest during their college years.


The importance of community service among the millennial age was encouraged by Senior Vice President of Marketing and Co-Operative Affairs, Tom Berquist: "Big and small things make a difference," Tom shared as he addressed the recipients.

Tom's advice is something that each of these students has already taken to heart. From teaching martial arts, leading robotics teams, to serving others across the globe, each of these young people have set aside time from their own lives to engage in the community.

BECU is proud to support the academic pursuits of each of these students. To learn more about our scholarship recipients and see photos from the event, check out our Facebook post.

View all of the 2017 Scholarship Recipients (PDF)