Trabuco Hills High School Student Lands California Credit Union Scholarship


Mirielle Smith of Trabuco Hills High School, Photo: California Credit Union

California Credit Union has awarded 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to college-bound students in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in its annual College Scholarship Program.  Mission Viejo student, Mirielle Smith, on her way to Syracuse University, was one of the state's brilliant recipients.

Through the program, California Credit Union recognizes exceptional students who are active in both their schools and the communities, giving back to others through service and volunteer work.

Smith was the only South Orange County student selected as the other 2021 California Credit Union scholarship recipients were from the Los Angeles Region: 




College Attending

Syre Baker

Middle College High School

Los Angeles

Xavier University

Ivan Cortez

Public Service Community High School

Los Angeles

UC, Irvine

Elida Gonzalez

Glen A. Wilson High School

Hacienda Heights

Whittier College

Mark Gonzalez

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School

Los Angeles

Dartmouth College

Rudy Hernandez

Woodrow Wilson High School

Los Angeles

UC, Berkeley

Carolina Nuno

Phineas Banning High School



Eric Rodriguez

Valencia High School


UC, Merced

Mirielle Smith

Trabuco Hills High School

Mission Viejo

Syracuse University

Vivian Wang

Valencia High School


Stanford University

Breanna Yang

Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar

Washington University

"We are excited to recognize the outstanding achievements of these exceptional students as they pursue their educational goals," said California Credit Union CEO Steve O'Connell. "Their hard work and resilience through one of the most challenging years we've ever experienced is truly inspirational. Our credit union's commitment to our educational community has never been more important as we work to support our next generation of leaders in achieving their dreams. We wish all of these recipients much success in their college career."

College-bound high school seniors and community college students transferring to a four-year university who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the coming year were eligible to participate. This year, the credit union's Scholarship Program received nearly 1,300 applications, which were reviewed by a Scholarship Committee consisting of credit union staff who selected the award recipients.

The California Credit Union Annual College Scholarship program was created in 2005 to recognize outstanding students within its local communities. Since the creation of the program, the credit union has awarded more than $355,000 in scholarships to students across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties.

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