Kamiak students awarded $3,000 BECU Foundation scholarships

Jul 16, 2014

Two Kamiak High School students were awarded $3,000 scholarships from the BECU Foundation.

Tiffany Coons and Carolyn van der Meulen, who graduated this year, were among 75 BECU student-members who received scholarships to go toward their college education. The BECU Foundation has been awarding scholarships for more than 18 years.

Tiffany Coons co-founded and fundraised for Bold Futures, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls in Kenya obtain an education through school fee sponsorship.

She co-founded Bold Futures in 2011 after “realizing that many Kenyan girls, who are often treated like property and married off by their fathers at 14 or 15, do not have the same opportunities [I have] been given.”

Through Bold Futures, Coons raised funds to send two girls to school for two years each.

She will be attending Wesleyan University. She plans to pursue a career in non-profit finance, using her analytical skills to continue to help others.

Carolyn van der Meulen co-founded Foster Bikes, which repairs and refurbishes donated bicycles for foster youth. She and her brother asked the question, “What if every child owned a bike?”

“Since our incorporation in July 2012, Foster Bikes has developed relationships with nine foster agencies, as well as individual foster families in order to distribute bicycles,” van der Meulen said.

“To date, 45 foster children in western Washington have been given bicycles from Foster Bikes.”

She will be attending Seattle University.

The BECU Foundation received hundreds of applications and selected 75 recipients based on academic achievement, amount of time dedicated to volunteering in the community and an essay about their community involvement.

BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by the members. For additional information visit www.becu.org.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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