BV Scholarship Recipients

Beaver Valley Chapter of Credit Unions
2020 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the five scholarship recipients selected by the Beaver Valley Chapter of Credit Unions. These recipients were chosen from 72 applicants representing 11 area credit unions. Students were required to respond to the following question with a 500 word essay “How do credit union values differ from banks?”

  • Breanna Tomsey, Armco Credit Union
  • Sara Small, West Aircomm Federal Credit Union
  • Mandy Cooper, Armco Credit Union
  • Nichole Sommers, Armco Credit Union
  • Makayla Waltman, Armco Credit Union


Breanna Tomsey
“My name is Breanna Tomsey. I am a senior at Karns City Area Senior High School. I play an active role in my school community as I am the President of Student Council, President of German Club, a starter for the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team, and a member of National Honors Society. I am also a member of the Debate Team, the Gifted Program, and Science Club. Some awards I have received while attending high school are High Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, The Challenge Program Academic Excellence, and Katie Shannon Spirit Award. Last year, my team and I were the Butler County Envirothon Champions. I am just as active outside of my school community as I am within it as I spend a lot of my time volunteering for St. Wendelin School and St. Wendelin Church. I am also the event organizer/youth leader of the St. Wendelin Youth Group. My future plans consist of attending University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to double major in Public Policy and Psychology. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to receive my Juris Doctorate degree. My career plans consist of becoming an attorney with my own firm with a focus on either corporate, family, or criminal law. I also plan on becoming a politician with the hopes of getting elected into Congress.”

Breanna won a $1,500 scholarship

Mandy Cooper
“My name is Mandy Cooper and I’m a freshman nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh. I currently participate in undergraduate research in the School of Nursing where we are studying medication changes during pregnancy under Dr. Hayley Germack. I am also a Golden Girl Majorette in the Pitt Band. I graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 2019 and hope to someday become a Nurse Practitioner.”

Mandy won a $500 scholarship

Makayla Waltman
“My name is Makayla Waltman, and I am from Fenelton, PA. I am currently a sophomore physician assistant student at Gannon University. My involvement at Gannon includes participation in Student Government Association, Choir, Gannon University Society of Physician Assistant Students, Alpha Sigma Tau, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. I am honored to be awarded this scholarship, and I am very thankful for the generosity of this organization.”

Makayla won a $500 scholarship

Nichole Sommers
“My name is Nichole Sommers, and I am a sophomore physician assistant student at Gannon University. While in college, I have been involved in Tri Beta (National Biological Honor Society), Phi Eta Sigma (National Freshman Honor Society), Gannon University Society for Physician Assistant Students, Gannon University Adventure Club, Intramural Basketball, and worked as the Occupational Therapy Department Student Worker. For the past two years, I have been able to be a part of the Relay for Life Club as the Luminaria Chair. I also am a part of a student leadership and service team called Believe in Belize, and we raise money for a student in Belize named Hilberto to go to high school since education there is not free past age 12. I have also volunteered with organizations and events such as Erie DAWN, Parkinson’s Wellness Program, Barber National Institute Expanding Social Opportunities Dance, and GIVE Day. In the future, I plan to continue my service with healthcare, education, and helping people less fortunate accomplish their goals.”

Nicole won a $500 scholarship


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