2017 Solarity Scholarships

Solarity Credit Union prides itself on being an advocate for learning and are excited to be currently reviewing our 2017 applications.

We are honored to award five $2,400.00 scholarships to Solarity Credit Union members who are on a journey to reach their goals of higher education. Please come back next fall to apply..


Application Checklist

  • Complete Your Application
    • Do not leave questions blank. If your answer to a question is “no,” “none,” or “not applicable,” please state as such.
    • Answer the three essay questions (included in part one of the application):
      • How do you create extraordinary experiences for your community? (300 word max)
      • Why are you seeking financial assistance from this scholarship? (500 word max)
      • Personal Statement (Tell us about yourself.)
  • Provide an Academic Transcript
    • Transcripts should include a minimum of your TWO MOST RECENT YEARS of schooling. This could include a combination of high school and college transcripts. If submitting unofficial transcripts, they must be clear and unaltered.
  • Provide Letters of Recommendation
    • Two letters of recommendation are required. (Letters of recommendation are to be sent to you. Make sure you receive all recommendations before submitting your scholarship packet.)

Rules and Eligibility


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

1. Must be a member in good standing of Solarity Credit Union. NOTE: You must be a Primary Member with an account in your own name, or a spouse who is a Joint Owner on the Primary Member’s account. If you are not a member, you can join Solarity if you live, work, worship, or attend school in Washington State.
2. Must be a U.S. citizen, or a resident alien of the U.S.
3. Must be enrolled, or will be enrolled, in an accredited college, university, or trade school during the school year listed on the scholarship application.
4. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
5. Applicants who are employees of Solarity or have any relative(s) or person(s) that live in their household that currently work, serve on the Solarity Board of Directors or serve on a Committee for Solarity are not eligible to apply. (Relatives are defined as a parent, spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, cousin, in-law or step relative, or any person with whom the applicant has a close, personal relationship such as a domestic partner, romantic partner or cohabitant.)


All applications must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Must be returned by Friday, February 24, 2017.   Deadline Extended to March 10th.
2. Must be filled out completely.
3. Only online applications will be eligible.


Applications will be reviewed by the Solarity Credit Union Scholarship Committee. The committee consists of Solarity staff, members of the credit union board of directors, and credit union members. Academic record, financial need, personal statement, community service/school activities, and the essays each account for up to 25% of the overall score. Finalists will be asked to meet with the committee for an informal interview.


Each award will be paid directly to the college, university, or trade school of choice, and be credited in the recipient’s name. Award will be sent to the school after August 1, 2017 upon submission of verified registration.


Failure to maintain your status at school (including being terminated from school or dropping out of school) will result in the cancellation of the award, and any remaining funds will be returned to the credit union, and not redistributed. Remaining funds may be forwarded to another accredited college, university or trade school upon request and proof of enrollment (subject to all applicable scholarship rules).

How To Apply

All application materials are due March 10th.

Part 1

You’ll start by filling out the PDF application here.

Download the application, complete the fields, and then save the application as a PDF with your first and last name in the file name (i.e: John Doe Part 1). (Completing the form online will result in a blank form, you must save the PDF to your computer first.) This will need to be uploaded in part 2 of the Solarity Scholarship application.

  • If additional space is needed to answer questions from Part 1, upload a separate sheet during Part 2 of the application process. (Make sure to include your first and last name in the file name.)

Start Part 1

Part 2

Continue your application by completing part two.

Be sure to answer the required questions, upload all needed files, and properly name the files with your first and last name before submitting the application. These files include:

  • Application Part 1 Saved PDF
  • Academic Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Additional Sheets

Start Part 2

Our 2016 Solarity Scholarship Winners

Student wearing sunglasses smiling

Emma Argo

Emma is a Zillah High School graduate who attended Central Washington University from 2009-11. This spring, she has been studying at Western Governors University, with a focus on special education. She spent the past three years working for the Sunnyside and Selah school districts, and volunteered for Selah Nazarene Church. She also has been active in the community as an Influence Team Leader for the Selah School District and as a Youth President at Zillah Nazarene Church. One of her accomplishments was helping bring back an after-school program for Selah middle-schoolers called “The Hangout.” She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running and camping.

Fun fact: Emma summited Mount Adams last summer.

Student smiling and looking up

Brooke Eshleman

Brooke is graduating from Selah High School and will attend Washington State University, where she plans to pursue a degree in business management. She participates in ASB, Senior Council, the National Honor Society and the Link Crew mentorship program, and also played basketball and softball for the high school. She volunteers with Children’s Village and helps organize and plan high school events, including coordinating a volleyball tournament last year that raised money to provide clean drinking water for students in Kenya. In her free time, Brooke enjoys creating memories with family and friends.

Fun fact: Brooke is terrified of “two-legged, feathered animals that fly. Yep, birds.”

Student in a striped shirt holding her arms upKatrina Johnson

Katrina is graduating from Toppenish High School and will be attending Concordia University Irvine in Southern California to study sports science and physical therapy. She has volunteered at sporting events for her high school and was a volunteer assistant/apprentice swim team coach. Her community involvement activities include the Toppenish High School Leadership program and the Yakima Alliance Church youth group. She is an activities coordinator for her school’s National Honor Society chapter, has been involved in ASB, and served as a peer leader in the Performance Training program. One of her major accomplishments was helping start the first-ever swim team at her high school. After developing the program for three years, the team went to state this season.

Fun fact: Katrina traveled to China last year to compete in an international swim meet.

Student with a life jacket holding up an oarSara Johnson

Sara is graduating from La Salle High School and will attend the University of San Diego, with a focus on biology and pre-dental school studies. She was on the soccer and track teams at La Salle and volunteered her time in Student Life Leadership, student government, Cooking Club and the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she worked as a tutor for LEAP Tutoring and has volunteered for Northwest Harvest and the Service Learning program. For one of her community projects, she helped collect more than 100 pairs of socks for the Union Gospel Mission in Yakima. She is involved in her family’s small businesses and enjoys hiking, kayaking, jet skiing and other outdoor pursuits.

Fun fact: One year, the adventurous Sara broke her arm and foot within six months of each other.

Student in pinkTrenton Straehle

Trenton is graduating from Highland High School and will be attending Boise State University, where he hopes to pursue a degree in pre-veterinary medicine. He played baseball for Highland and the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak, and participated in the school marching band and jazz band. He is also involved in Knowledge Bowl, DECA, student leadership and student government. Outside of school, he works as a youth baseball instructor and mentor every Sunday, teaching younger players fundamentals and how to approach the game mentally. Besides playing baseball, Trenton also enjoys spending time with his family, going shooting with his grandfather and exploring the outdoors.

Fun fact: Trenton is very outgoing and loves making other people smile.

Our 2015 Solarity Scholarship Winners

Solarity scholarship recipient, TheresaTheresa Barney

Theresa Barney graduated from Wapato High School and will be attending Brigham Young University-Idaho. Theresa and her father were involved in an automobile accident that changed her life. In the hospital she observed the nurses courageously working to help her dad. This experience affected her so much that she knew she wanted to help people in medical situations. She now is an aspiring nurse and will use this scholarship to help achieve her goal.

Solarity scholarship recipient, ShivaliShavali Dave

Shavali Dave graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago and will be attending Heritage University. Shavali has a desire to bring awareness to health care access and delivery, specifically for primary and preventive care to those in underserved and urban localities. This scholarship will help relieve the financial burden of her medical education.

Solarity scholarship recipient, SySy Ruiz

Sy Ruiz graduated from A.C. Davis High School and will be attending University of Washington. Sy is an aspiring business owner and plans to run for a state legislature position in the future. He is committed to serving and helping others for the betterment of the community. This scholarship will help him reach his academic and career goals.

Solarity scholarship recipient, JacobJacob Stucki

Jacob Stucki graduated from West Valley High School and will be attending Brigham Young University. Jacob achieved the Eagle Scout award from Boy Scouts of America. He has a passion for helping others and plans to work in the medical field. This scholarship will help him fulfill his dream of becoming a specialized nurse.

Solarity scholarship recipient, DianaDiana Tran

Diana Tran graduated from University of Washington and will be attending Heritage University. The example her parents set of sacrifice and perseverance after emigrating from Vietnam to America in the 1970s has given Diana the inspiration and drive to achieve her goals. This scholarship will ultimately help her become a better healthcare provider by offering her the opportunity to pursue her education.


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