CU College Scholarship

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Offer This Scholarship and Build Connections

Do you have members who could use some help with college tuition? Well the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC college scholarship program makes it easy for you to help your college-bound members meet their tuition costs while strengthening your bond with those members.

The $12,000 Credit Union College Scholarship Program for 2017 is underway now! Your college-bound members are eligible to apply for one of ten $1,000 essay-based scholarships, one $1,000 video-based scholarship, and/or one $1,000 photo-based scholarship. And yes, members can apply in all three categories.

And the best part? If your members win a scholarship you hand them their scholarship award!  View scholarship presentation photos.

Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Awards will be made in May 2017.

The Foundation provides everything you need to offer this program to your members –


  • $12,000 in scholarship funding
  • A roster of 100+ volunteer judges
  • Online applications
  • Lobby posters
  • Sample newsletter / website articles
  • Graphics, and more!

We help you make sure your members know about this scholarship opportunity with the Foundation’s Scholarship Marketing Package. Click below to download all you need!

This year’s essay topic is:
“As a credit union member, explain why someone should choose a credit union as their primary financial institution over alternative service providers, such as for-profit banks.”

This year’s video topic is:
“Create a 60-second advertisement targeted specifically at a younger viewer (under the age of 30) that highlights the benefits of credit union membership.”

Photographers are invited to capture an original photograph that represents the credit union core value “Respectful.”

Visit The Application Site

Any member of a Maryland or D.C.-based credit union who is entering their freshman through senior year of college or trade school may apply.  This scholarship does not apply to students in post-graduate programs nor payment of student loans.

The Foundation is pleased to offer this opportunity for credit unions to help their young members. The awardees will receive needed financial assistance to help them meet their tuition expenses and the essay, video, and photo topics provoke innovative and useful responses to help you better serve your college-aged members while the applicants earn a little more about your credit union.

Start promoting the scholarship today!

Scholarship Lobby Poster Request

Lobby posters are free and a great way to let your membership know about this scholarship offering!



2016 MD|DC Credit Union Scholarship Winners Selected

The 111 volunteer judges working with the MD|DC Credit Union Scholarship Program have selected this year’s winners from among the 373 essay-based entries, 79 photo-based entries, and 26 video-based entries.

Andrews - Emily Curren2016 Highlights –

  • College-bound credit union members submitted a total of 373 essays
  • Another 79 photo entries were received
  • Twenty-six video applications were entered, the highest number ever
  • Entries were scored by a record 111 volunteer judges
  • Judges recorded over 6,300 scores
  • Members from 71 MD & DC-based credit unions applied – another new high

Each of this year’s winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship award presented by their credit union.

View the 2016 scholarship-winning essays, photo, & video.