DOWNEY - Five Warren High School seniors were recipients of the Future Innovators Scholarships offered by Financial Partners Credit Union in partnership with the Columbia Memorial Space Center.The Downey-based credit union handed out $5,000 in scholarships to David Gebert, Jonathan Iglesias, Elias Medina, Bernabe Perez and Nicholas Pio during Warren High's Senior Awards Night held June 5 at the Downey Theatre. "Financial Partners was established in Downey and our original membership was those who worked in aerospace. So it is great to partner with the Columbia Memorial Space Center for this worthy scholarship program that celebrates the long shared history we have with the community, the aerospace industry and (the space center)," said Nader Moghaddam, CEO of Financial Partners and a space center board member. "We applaud these students for their achievements to date and look forward to their future innovations." "We are proud to support the youth in our community and take pride in helping these students fulfill their educational goals," added Melia Keller, vice president of marketing and public relations for Financial Partners and a member of the scholarship committee. The Future Innovators Scholarship program was created in 2012 to encourage the desire for education in sciences among local students. Financial Partners, in partnership with the Columbia Memorial Space Center, offers five $1,000 educational scholarships to local high school students who have shown an interest in innovation through their participation on the space center's robotics team. Applicants must be in grades 9-12, participate in the Project Lead the Way engineering classes at their school, have a 3.0 or above GPA, volunteer at the space center, make the space center's robotics team and actively participate in the program. Applicants are also required to provide a personal video about innovation (no longer than 60 seconds).
********** Published: June 20, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 10