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					                                                          PRESS RELEASE
                                                          MEDIA CONTACT: M AX SUCEE
                                                          WESCOM CREDIT UNION
                                                          OFFICE: (888) 493-7266 EXT. 8719
                                                          CELL: (626) 255-9124 (24 HRS.)
                                                          E-M AIL: MSUCEE@WESCOM.ORG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Wescom Credit Union Provides Scholarships for Local Students
                     to Attend Latina History Day Conference

PASADENA, Calif.- (February 18, 2004) -- In conjunction with Congressman Adam Schiff, 29th

District (D-CA), State Senator Jack Scott (D-Altadena), and Assemblymember Carol Liu (D-La Canada-

Flintridge), Wescom Credit Union announced today that it would make 25 scholarships available for

local high school students to attend HOPE’s (Hispanas Organized For Political Equality) Latina History

Day Conference. High school students in the San Gabriel Valley and Glendale are eligible to apply for

the scholarships.

       Scheduled for Friday, March 12, 2004 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, HOPE’s

13th Annual Women’s Conference, “Latina History Day, A Proud Past…A Powerful Tomorrow”, features

a tribute by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn to the contributions of Latina city commissioners. In

addition, the conference offers attendees a series of workshops and a lunchtime program aimed at

empowerment and leadership. Women will learn how to overcome obstacles, set achievable goals,

and understand the value of higher education.

       “Making this invaluable conference available to local students through the offices of our local

elected officials is another example of Wescom’s ongoing support of the communities we serve,”

Wescom Credit Union Vice President of Business and Government Affairs, and HOPE Planning

Committee member, Yesceni Ramirez said. “This marks the third year that Wescom has provided

scholarships for local teens to attend HOPE’s Annual Women’s Day Conference. The feedback I have

heard from students is that the conference is an incredible experience for them. Being amongst Latina

business leaders from a variety of industries is very motivating to them.”

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                Students interested in attending the conference can apply for a scholarship covering their

         registration fees through their local elected officials’ office, and Wescom Credit Union’s Pasadena

         Headquarters. The deadline to complete and submit the one-page application is February 28, 2004, 5

         p.m. Applications are available at the offices of Senator Scott (215 N. Marengo Ave., #185, Pasadena,

         (626) 683-0282); Assemblymember Liu (215 N. Marengo Ave., #115, Pasadena, (626) 577-9944), or by

         calling Janet Manrique of Wescom Credit Union at (888) 493-7266, extension 8046.

                In addition to providing scholarships, Wescom Credit Union is an official sponsor of the

         conference, and two of its Latina executives are scheduled workshop panelists. Ramirez is a scheduled

         panelist for “Home Sweet Home,” a workshop that focuses on women purchasing a home on their own.

         Wescom Financial Services Vice President Connie Knox is a panelist for “Investing In Your Future:

         How Money Can Buy Freedom, Flexibility, and Independence.”

                Wescom Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial services cooperative serving more than

         200,000 members at 26 branches throughout Southern California. Membership is open to people living

         and working in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. With assets

         totaling more than $2.5 billion, it is one of the largest credit unions in the country. Members have

         access to over 17,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide and a wide range of financial services. Wescom was

         established in 1934 as a credit union for telecommunications employees.

                HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic

         parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education for the benefit of all communities and to

         improve the status of women.



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