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Del Norte Credit Union Awards Venessa Valerio Memorial Scholarship To Local Nursing Student


Del Norte Credit Union Awards Venessa Valerio Memorial

Scholarship To Local Nursing Student


SANTA FE, New Mexico, June 1, 2021—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce that the Venessa Valerio Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jessica Rodriguez, a current nursing student at  Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) in Española. Ms. Rodriguez will receive $1,000 towards continuing her education within the nursing program at NNMC.

“We were inspired to make this annual commitment in order to help students on the path to fulfilling their career dreams,” says Chuck Valenti, DNCU CEO/President. “This is a way to honor the memory of Venessa Valerio, a child born in this community whose life was tragically shortened, and was never able to fulfill her dreams.”

Venessa Valerio’s story was brought to the attention of DNCU by an employee who had befriended Vanessa prior to her passing. The dedication of “Vanessa’s Hideaway” playground within DNCU’s own adopted Valdez Park in Española continues to bring attention to the impact of Vanessa’s life on the community.  With both a dedication to giving back to the community and newfound inspiration from Vanessa’s mother, Annette, DNCU recognized the college as a natural choice for scholarships.

The mission of NNMC is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region.

About Del Norte Credit Union  

Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union based in New Mexico with a mission of Improving Lives. DNCU offers a wide variety of products and services designed to help members achieve financial success. Today DNCU serves more than 52,000 members throughout New Mexico and the United States.

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