2021 Scholarship Award Winners

May 2021 | Credit Union News

Alaska Air Group Credit Union Scholarship

Alaska Air Group Credit Union is proud to support hardworking scholars as they pursue their education and dreams.

In 2021, the selection process was difficult. The applications are rigorously reviewed by the AAGCU Scholarship Committee.

After careful consideration, the following students have been selected for $1000 AAGCU Scholarship Award:

Delaney Mitchell
 Tacoma, WA l University of Puget Sound
Studying: Mathematics

Delaney is a Freshman at University of Puget Sound. She is a member of the Women’s Golf Team and an active member of YoungLife, recently selected to a YoungLife leader for the next year. She is an initiated member of Kappa Alpha Theta, where she serves on two committees, Bylaws and Scholarships. She will also be an Orientation Leader for incoming freshman for the Fall term. Delaney also spends time volunteering for the Campus Visit Program and will be a tour guide this coming Fall term. She earned a 4.0 GPA for her Fall term, and is on track to receive the same for the Spring. She was recently asked to join Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

I was taught at a young age the importance of serving others. With the onslaught of social media, it is far too easy to turn inward and be focused on yourself. However, when you focus your energy and attention on others and in making the world a better place, you are fulfilled in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine, and you start to see the impact you can have on others and your community. I live my life with kindness and compassion as my guiding principles and rest assured, I would be a good steward of the monies and would continue to serve my campus and the community with a servant’s heart.

Stephanie Day
 Arlington, WA l Green River College
Studying: Aeronautical Science

For Stephanie, it has been 25+ years since she has been in high school, and at that time she was involved in many activities including drama, where she also participated in plays and musicals- those being many of the highlights of her high school career.
She earned her AAS transfer degree in 1996 right after completing her high school diploma. Stephanie transferred to the UW, but shortly thereafter she started her career as a Flight Attendant. She has always loved flying and traveling. Stephanie is grateful to continue her flight attendant career after 23 years. Her main career and priority has been raising her four children for the past 20 years.
As a mother of four, Stephanie is excited to continue her education and earn her Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science. She is learning to fly and has almost 50 hours!

I am a mother of four beautiful souls. Three boys and a girl ages 21, 20, 15, and 11. My main career and priority has been raising them the past 20 plus years. I have homeschooled, taken  on sports manager roles, and volunteered in numerous capacities for fundraisers and events over the years.

Taylor Carey
Wasilla, AK l Colony High School
Attending: Montana State University
Studying: Chemical Engineering

Taylor has been a part of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government, Educators Rising, and many other activities throughout her high school career. She has used every second of her high school experience to prepare herself for excellence at Montana State University, and beyond. It has been a place for her to create and refine her strong work ethic, study habits, her drive for excellence, leadership skills and her desire to be a well rounded young woman.

These school activities have allowed me to connect with the entire school as a whole, student body and staff, and has helped me get out of my comfort zone. I have been able to direct incoming students to their classes and encourage them to join clubs I take part in. Being Class  President has allowed me to plan dances, assemblies, fun events, and now our senior graduation. School activities have been a very important part of my life because I want what is best for current and new students to come.


Natalie Kauppila
Gig Harbor, WA l Gonzaga University
Studying: Nursing and Psychology

Natalie is a member of the Gonzaga Student Nurses Association, a place she is able to learn more about the different fields of nursing. As a member, Natalie has been able to learn from nurses in different specialties to speak about their jobs. It has also been a place for fundraising through clothing drives to give back and support the community. This club has solidified Natalie’s dream of becoming a nurse while exploring the different fields available to her. Natalie also works part time on campus, helping her develop skills that she will be able to use in her future career.

Nursing has always been a career that I have been passionate about. I love that nurses have the ability to make a positive impact on each patient’s life. Nurses are able to make connections with each patient and get to know their stories and what makes them tick. I like to consider myself a very compassionate and motivating person.                      

Kayla Beckham
Bethel, AK l Bethel Regional High School
Attending: University of Alaska-Anchorage
Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Kayla is involved in many activities including archery, honor band, cheerleading, robotics, and student government, and many more. With the pandemic, Kayla wasn’t able to participate in all of her activities, but she was still able to fulfill her rolls in her School Board representative for Student Body meetings. She is also still able to contribute to the creation of the school’s yearbook and participate in National Honor Society. In archery she has won three state runner-up titles and she earned 8th place at the NASP Western National Tournament in 2019. She has been thankful to be a part of all of her activities and sports because she has learned a great deal about herself and what she wants to do in her life. And she is thankful for the relationships she has been able to create through all of her activities.

Through various classes, extracurricular activities, and life experiences I know that I love problem solving and coming up with creative solutions. This is why I am confident that mechanical engineering is the right path for me. In addition to problem solving, drawing and painting have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. A mechanical engineering degree with an art minor will tie well together in pursuit of my career goals.


If you are interested to learn more about our AAGCU Scholarship, email scholarships@aagcu.org

2022 Applications will open January 1st, 2022.

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