Scholarship Program Provides Rare Youth Bonding Opportunity

The Foundation’s $12,000 Credit Union College Scholarship Program is now underway.

Judges from past scholarship competitions were asked for topic suggestions and the 2019 topic for essay applicants is: “How can your credit union help you become financially independent?”

This year’s video topic: “Create a 60-second video showing how your credit union helps you achieve your financial goals.”

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

College or trade school-bound members of any credit union based in Maryland or D.C. or affiliated with the MD|DC CUA are eligible.  The scholarship program is completely turnkey and offered at no charge.

“The scholarship program is the Foundation’s oldest and most popular offering,” noted Foundation Vice Chair and Grants & Programs Committee Chair Fred Caprio.  “Every credit union in Maryland and D.C. should promote this free program for their members.  And if you’re not already involved as a scholarship judge, I highly recommend that you give it a try.” 

The Program includes:

  • $12,000 in scholarship awards
  • Easy online application site
  • Lobby posters
  • Scholarship graphics
  • Statement stuffer artwork
  • Sample newsletter/web copy
  • 100+ volunteer judges

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After the March 31, 2019 deadline credit unions with member applicants receive a report noting who entered and their standing so they may reach out to those members who may fall just shy of the scholarship award levels.  “Many credit unions reward those members who apply by providing gift cards or a letter of support, even if they don’t place among the top contenders,” added Caprio.  “It’s a great way of starting or improving your credit union’s bond with young members.”