2020 All Aboard Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 All Aboard Youth Scholarship recipients. 2020 marks our first year awarding six recipients a $500 scholarship. Each student submitted an essay about what it has means to be an All Aboard Youth Member at RIFCU. Applications were evaluated based on categories that include, but are not limited to: Community Involvement, Educational Accolades, Overall Grade Point Average, and Credit Union knowledge. Thank you to all those who applied, and we encourage you to apply again next year. We wish you each good luck in your future endeavors and are proud to call you members.

Chase Ure

Chase Ure

Chase graduated from Howard W. Blake High School with a 5.87 GPA. He plans to attend Florida State University and will major in Commercial Music.

“If I wanted to convince a person who is looking for a financial institution that RIFCU membership is unique and beneficial, I would explain to them how my dad, a retired railroad worker, has been a member for over 50 years and his dad, also a railroad worker, introduced him to the RIFCU. My father's brother and his uncle were also members. My dad has always shared with my family how important the railroad credit union has been to him because of the personal touch he gets when he walks inside the building that he has said "feels like family" to him.”
- Chase Ure

Espn Everhart

Espn Everhart

Espn graduated from H.B. Plant High School with a 5.59 GPA. He plans to major in Biology/Marine Biology at the University of South Florida.

“When I visit a RIFCU branch, the staff makes me feel welcomed and I get the sense that they have been around for a very long time. They treat each member with the same importance and want to search for an expedient resolution to each banking need. They have hearts of servants and willingly offer up further assistance if needed. They are truly working with the members at top of mind.”
Espn Everhart

Carissa Rodriguez

Carissa Rodriguez

Carissa graduated from Durant High School with a 7.21 GPA and plans to study Nursing at Hillsborough Community College.

“I would advise others to seek out a credit union as financial institution that could benefit them as a young teen and later as an adult by savings money through lower interest loans and better savings rates. More importantly to seek a credit union that will provide them with a more personal experience much like my experiences at railroad and industrial credit union.”
Carissa Rodriguez

Kelviyana Walker

Kelviyana Walker

Kelviyana graduated from Armwood High School with a 7.88 GPA. She plans to attend the University of Florida as a Pre-Med student with a major in Biology.

“RIFCU offers a wide variety of services, all of which make it a unique and beneficial financial institution. One RIFCU attribute that I find unique is the institution’s passion for the youth. After being apart of the Youth Advisory Board for 2 years, I learned how high RIFCU prioritizes the youth and its influence on the future with its range of accounts that caters to educating every age on the importance of saving and having financial stability.”
Kelviyana Walker

Hanna and Cody Sackles

Cody Sackles

Cody is a graduate of Tampa Bay Technical High School where he earned a 7.0 GPA. He currently attends the University of Florida where he studies Mechanical Engineering.

“Overall, a RIFCU membership would be unique and beneficial because it offers personal and hands on approach to banking without losing any “benefits” a large bank would offer. In the 85 years that the RIFCU has been operating in the Tampa Bay area, they have stayed true to their core values by putting the customer first, offering any and all services that a “traditional” bank would offer, from checking/savings accounts, to retirement accounts, and many different types of loans, among other services.”
Cody Sackles

Hanna Sackles

Hannah is a graduate of Tampa Bay Technical High School where she earned a 6.84 GPA. She attends the University of Florida and studies Environmental Engineering.

“Through college, the ability to maintain a youth checking account has enabled me to manage my income and expenses by allowing me to conveniently set up direct deposit for my rent and paychecks, while also maintaining a digital log of my finances. Though I have the most experience with the youth services at RIFCU thus far, the institution offers a variety of services for members at any stage in life.”
Hanna Sackles