By Gina Yarbrough
San Diego, CA–North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) and North Island Credit Union have partnered for the third year to offer scholarships and financial literacy programming to college-bound African American female students in North County San Diego.
Four $2,500 NCAAWA/North Island Credit Union scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors, and current ROP, trade school, college, and/or graduate students in Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Dieguito, San Marcos, and Vista. Special consideration will be given to students pursuing degrees in education.
In addition to the North Island Credit Union scholarships, NCAAWA is providing multiple scholarship programs to qualified North County students. Applications and more information about all NCAAWA scholarships can be found at ncaawa.org/scholarships. Online applications will be accepted through March 31.
“We are so excited once again to partner with North Island Credit Union; their commitment to higher education is central to breaking generational poverty within our communities,” said Linda Simpkins Berry, president of North County African American Women’s Association. “North Island Credit Union was among the first-time scholarship donors during COVID when we were unable to hold our signature scholarship event in 2021, thereby keeping up our 25-year legacy to support college-bound seniors and continuing college students.”
“NCAAWA is a tremendous resource in our community, and we are honored to continue our partnership to support its valuable programs that inspire and empower young women in our community,” North Island Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell said. “We look forward to helping make the educational dreams of these students come true, while also providing life-long financial skills.”
The two organizations provide financial literacy training for upper-class high school girls in NCAAWA’s Global Ambassadors Mentoring Program. The program empowers young women with leadership skills, an understanding of in-depth financial literacy, and global issues that impact their social and career mobility. North Island Credit Union will provide participants with interactive financial programs, and mentoring to teach budgeting, money management, savings, and practical financial life skills, among other topics.
Established in 1995, the North County African American Women’s Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization located in North County. Its mission is to provide a support network through education, health awareness, and life skills programs for women and girls in North County.
To date, the association has provided over $350,000 in scholarship awards and grants to help young women further their education.