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The $17.4 billion, Riverdale, Utah-based America First Credit Union made a $500,000 endowment to the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy at Utah Valley University, supporting students who are qualified to participate in public policy internships in Washington, D.C. but are unable to pay for the associated costs, the credit union announced Thursday.

The contribution will directly support the university’s program for Government and High-Impact Internships based in Washington, D.C. – named the America First Credit Union Undergraduate Fellowship Program – helping to cover expenses for Utah-based students living temporarily in the high-cost-of-living east coast city, which include tuition and housing. According to the announcement, UVU strives to place approximately 70 students per year in government and high-impact internships, with 40 student interns working with public policy leaders in Utah and the remaining 30 spending a semester in Washington, D.C.; as a result of AFCU’s grant, an additional 15 interns will have the opportunity to go to D.C. each year for their internship.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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