Introducing the 2017 Brayman-Beach Scholarship Recipient!

I am so pleased to introduce you to Max Martinez, a senior at Widefield High School, a member of Ent Credit Union, and this year’s recipient of the Brayman-Beach Scholarship.

The Brayman-Beach Scholarship was created to support our local communities through investing in young leaders like Max, who is already a highly accomplish sportsman and leader.

Max has served as Secretary of his Senior Class at Widefield High School and Vice President of both his Junior and Sophomore Class Council. A runner on his high-school Varsity Cross Country and Track team, Max holds 1st place Regional Titles for Cross Country in 2015 & 2016, a multitude of team and individual awards, and was nominated for Athlete of the week by KOAA channel 5. In addition, he has lead his Cross Country and Track team as their Captain for his entire High School career.

With a GPA of 4.4, Max is a member of the National Honor Society and was nominated for the National Young Leadership Conference.

In addition to all these personal achievements, Max is extremely focused on reaching out to others, helping whenever and wherever he is able, and demonstrating an ability to lead that is well beyond his years. Logging 57 community service hours, Max is a volunteer at Harvest of Love delivering food baskets, a volunteer for the Community Parade, and Make a Wish Campaign.

It is for all these reasons that we are proud to award this year’s Brayman-Beach scholarship to Max, who will be attending Colorado State University this fall. We are excited to see what lies in store for this young, impressive leader, and honored to be able to offer him this support.

More about the Brayman-Beach Scholarship

The Brayman-Beach scholarship is named in honor of two visionary leaders in the credit union movement, Susan J. Brayman and Carroll D. Beach.

Susan J. Brayman worked for the Colorado Credit Union System from 1973 to 1999; directing the growth of Colleague Services Corporation to a $12 million organization, nationally known throughout the credit union movement for its business excellence. Her dedication and commitment to the credit union philosophy is evident in the many products and services.

Additionally, Ms. Brayman spent a great deal of time volunteering throughout the credit union movement through service on national boards and committees. She remains an active volunteer in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of Bellco Credit Union.

Carroll D. Beach served as President of the Colorado Credit Union System from 1973 to 2002; growing it from $361,000 to over $16 million and serving credit unions throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Mr. Beach earned a reputation for innovation by creating a variety of programs, products and services to meet the needs of credit unions.

Mr. Beach is currently Chairman of Elevations Credit Union’s Board of Directors. He served as President/CEO of the Credit Union Service Corporation and was instrumental in forming the Colorado Credit Union League Foundation in 1982, now called the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. For his tireless commitment, Mr. Beach was awarded the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

The fund established by Ms. Brayman and Mr. Beach allows one $5,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to an up-and-coming credit union member interested in pursuing a business degree. The scholarship recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Directors based on grades, financial need, community service, professional goals, extracurricular activities and an essay written by the applicant. 


About Dan Finerty

Dan Finerty is the Director of Marketing at the Mountain West Credit Union Association, a Credit Union champion, a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), and an award-winning marketer. Dan has over 14 years of marketing experience in communications, retail, packaged goods, and, of course, Credit Unions. He believes that Credit Unions have an incredible story to tell and works with some of the brightest Credit Union professionals to help promote Credit Unions to the public. Dan holds two Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and in Management. He is also a swell guy.

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