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We are so pleased to introduce you to Taylor Finley-Ponds, a senior at East High School 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. Named in honor of two visionary leaders in the credit union movement, Susan J. Brayman and Carroll D. Beach, one $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an up-and-coming credit union member who is 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. On each of these fronts, Taylor knocked our socks off.
Taylor is a member of Bellco Credit Union and will graduate this year with a GPA of 4.58. In addition to being a Questbridge College Match Finalist and Editor-in-Chief of her school’s yearbook, she served as Student Body Co-President and President of the school’s Black Student Alliance.
Even with a demanding class schedule and several ongoing extracurricular activities, Taylor has demonstrated a strong commitment to her community. She is a weekly volunteer at a local non-profit restaurant and a homeless assistance program for children, and has spent the past two summers as a mentor for kids in a Denver summer camp.
Taylor’s teachers describe her as a highly motivated, thoughtful, insightful, mature, affable young woman with a solid work ethic and quiet confidence. She has established herself as a leader both in and outside of the classroom and continually seeks out opportunities for self-improvement and service to her fellow classmates.
Throughout her high school career, she challenged herself with a rigorous academic course load and demonstrated an advanced ability assume leadership across a variety of situations in order to bring people together. In projects that require group collaboration, her teachers have observed her keen ability to keep her group on task, pushing them all towards creative solutions. One of Taylor’s teachers proudly proclaimed, “If there is something she cannot do, it has yet to be discovered.”
Taylor is extremely focused on reaching out to others, helping whenever and wherever she is able. She has also demonstrated an ability to lead that is well beyond her years. As the editor of her school’s yearbook, Taylor has led a staff of thirty students with “grace and firmness”. She’s shown a remarkable ability to organize her staff, gain agreement for assignments, and motivate diverse personalities towards excellence.
It is for all these reasons that we are proud to award this year’s Brayman-Beach scholarship to Taylor. We are excited to see what lies in store for this young, impressive leader and are honored to be able to offer her this support.