The Utah Public Employees’ Association is excited to announce the winners of the 2022 scholarships sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union. This is the 15th year that UPEA has offered these scholarships, and the nominees are only getting more impressive.
Selections are based on academic achievement, community service, future plans, and skills or hobbies outside of school. UPEA sought to find three well-balanced individuals who will use the $1,000 awards to further their careers and continue to serve their communities. UPEA appreciates the service provided by public employees and hopes that these scholarships serve to ensure that the next generation embraces that commitment to public service.
After reviewing the applications, UPEA had a hard time narrowing the nominee pool down to three. One extraordinary applicant stood out in ways the normal qualifications did not consider. The Association felt this candidate deserved recognition, and Mountain America was generous enough to offer an additional $500 scholarship to the 4th candidate.
Tennille Miller is an advanced standing graduate student at Utah State University. She is pursuing her Master of Social Work while working for the Division of Child and Family Services on the Transition to Adult Living team. Tennille has volunteered with The Village Run, the Lehi Drill Team, and the Riley Foundation. Tennille is passionate about supporting teens in foster care and difficult life situations, she plans to become a therapist for adolescents after she graduates.
Serena Nstalintshali is a senior at Olympus High School and will attend the University of Utah to study Biochemistry. She maintained a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) throughout high school while exploring her passion in drawing, training to become a medical assistant at the Granite Technical Institute, and volunteering at Millcreek Elementary where she tutors in art and assists students with their STEM projects. Serena hopes to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
Blake Sullivan is currently serving a religious mission in Tucson, Arizona and plan to attend Utah State University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Blake graduated from Alta High School with a 4.0 GPA and was ranked #1 in his class. In high school, Blake competed on the school’s swim team and served the community by organizing food donations and installing dog waste stations on a local hiking trail. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Blake plans to earn a Master’s in Business Administration.
Travis Dimick served as an officer for the Department of Corrections for 23 years before retiring in 2021. Since then, Travis enrolled at SLCC to pursue a degree in mortuary science and obtain his license as a funeral director. He finished his first semester with a 3.8 GPA and earned spot on the honor roll. Travis has served in his local church congregation and volunteered in various capacities for UPEA. Travis is passionate about helping families during their time of grief and hopes to run his own funeral homes in the future.