Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union Expands Scholarship Contributions to Mano A Mano Scholarship Program

August 29, 2014

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Corpus Christi, Texas—In an effort to expand Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union's commitment to fund Scholarships to students of the Coastal Bend, the Credit Union is pleased to announce a joint effort between the Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union (CCCECU) and the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHCC), in partnership with Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville, to contribute $50,000 to the Mano A Mano Scholarship Empowerment Program. The Hispanic Chamber Scholarship Program was developed in 2002 to encourage students to continue their education locally and develop a well-trained, highly motivated workforce for the Coastal Bend. 

CCCECU's investment in the program will consist of $10,000 per year for the next 5 years. When matched by the Universities and College, the contribution will double to $100,000. The Mano A Mano program provides a $2,000 scholarship per recipient for the academic year, $1,000 which is provided by the Mano A Mano program and the participating Universities and College match the contribution by 100%. All Mano A Mano scholarship recipients are asked to commit to remaining and working in the Coastal Bend area after graduation in the field in which they have earned a degree. CCCECU will also be recognized as an Education Partner with the CCHCC. 

"CCCECU is committed to education in our community. Since 2007 CCCECU has awarded 133 Scholarships of $500 each totaling $66,500 through its own scholarship program. Partnering with the Mano A Mano program will allow the Credit Union to increase its Return on Investment of scholarship dollars through the CCHCC partnership with the participating Universities and College match. This partnership between CCCECU and the CCHCC Mano A Mano program will allow CCCECU to stretch those scholarship dollars further"—David Brooks, President. 

Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union is a member-owned, locally controlled credit union located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The $52 million community credit union can provide financial services to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Nueces County. Deposits in CCCECU are Federally Insured by NCUA. For more information regarding the Mano A Mano Scholarship program contact the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 361-887-7408 or email For more information concerning Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union contact 361-855-4494 or email 

Alfred L. Vela Memorial Scholarship 

Alfred L. Vela 

The Alfred L. Vela Memorial Scholarship is being established to honor a long time Chairman of the Board of Corpus Christi City Employees Credit Union. Mr. Vela served on the Board from 1990-2012, including numerous terms as Chairman and Vice Chairman. During his years on the Board, the Credit Union grew and expanded its products and services and added the new Holly Road building. Mr. Vela was a graduate of WB Ray High School and served as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict. After his return from Korea, he joined the Corpus Christi Fire Department in 1956 and retired as a Captain in 1991. He held numerous offices in the local Firefighters Union and was often a "strong voice" in collective bargaining with the city government. He was an avid golfer and was active in the Pan American Golf Association. 

Mr. Vela will be remembered for his devotion to his family and his faith and for his service to his community. "Fred", as Mr. Vela was affectionately known, was married for 49 years and was the father of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He was a true patriarch to his entire family and a strong believer in education. Fred Vela is remembered by his community for strong beliefs in family, the understanding he had for the importance of education, his compassion for everyone and the ability to be a leader in all areas of his life