Travis Tesoriero and Andrea Keim have very different career goals as they head into their first year of college this fall.
Keim, a senior at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, will study fine arts at Alfred University, south of Rochester, where she also hopes to get a degree in secondary art education. Tesoriero, a senior at Oswego High School, will explore a variety of engineering disciplines at Stony Brook University on Long Island, ultimately focusing on the one he likes the most. Both will pursue their goals with a big financial boost from Oswego's Compass Credit Union.
Keim and Tesoriero were this year's winners of two annual Compass college scholarship awards worth $4,000 each. Compass Credit Union has been awarding these scholarships since 1992. Keim and Tesoriero received their awards during a ceremony June 11 at the credit union's main office at 131 George St.
Members of the credit union's supervisory committee selected the winners among 17 applicants. To qualify, students had to submit an essay, reference letters, transcripts and a list of their school and community activities.
Keim's essay focused on her love of art and the "deep underlying current of friendship" she has experienced in her high school art classes.
Tesoriero's essay talked about learning how to set priorities and manage time when he played for the varsity football team as a junior.
"Travis and Andrea have certainly worked hard to achieve success in all of their activities," Compass Manager Tom O'Toole said. "We wish them all the best in college."
The Compass scholarship is worth $1,000 a year for the first four years students spend in college. Last year's recipients were Megan Somers, a senior at Hannibal High School, and Jordan Holliday, a senior at Oswego High School.
Holding their Compass Credit Union scholarship awards worth $4,000 each are Travis Tesoriero, left, a senior at Oswego High School, and Andrea Keim, a senior at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Compass awards the scholarships each year.