DCCU Scholarships

Celebrating 20 Years of Scholarship Giving

For the 20th year in a row, DCCU will award a $1,000 scholarship to:

  • A graduating senior at each of the 19 high schools in the DCCU service area
  • One student who attends private school, is home schooled or is a DCCU member living outside the service area
  • One adult student continuing their education. A total of $21,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Applicants will conduct research and write a 750-1000 word essay based on the following questions:

What do you think is the greatest financial challenge that we will face in the next 5 years and why should we be concerned about it? What role can a credit union play in helping members and the community prepare for this challenge?

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 2, 2015. The application and essay can be completed by clicking the appropriate link on the left. Scholarship winners will be determined by Friday, March 31, 2015 and notified by mail shortly after.

For questions or further information, contact Sarah Landram, Community Financial Educator, at slandram@mydccu.com or 540.946.3200 Ext: 3149.

Click below to apply for 2015 scholarships!
Adult Scholarship Application Student Scholarship Application
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Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Recipients!

2014 scholarship recipients and excerpts from their winning essays are shown below:

Meghan Beard
Parry McCluer High School
“Credit unions care about the community and treat their members as family instead of customers.”

Madelin Bender
Waynesboro High School
“…credit unions offer more than just reliable banking; they promote voice and power for their members.”

Jessica Bergan
Broadway High School
“Credit unions are member-focused, and therefore can be more flexible with the circumstances of the individual members.”

Julia Billingsley
Bath County High School
“In fact, credit unions primarily exist to benefit the members, and they hold the best interests of the members close to heart.”

Breanna Bosley
Turner Ashby High School
“This bill [Federal Credit Union Act] allowed credit unions to be arranged anywhere in the U.S., and thus a new way of banking was born.”

Ny’Asia Brooks
Harrisonburg High School
“Credit unions have created a role in providing a safe haven for families…”

Derek Bruce
Stuarts Draft High School
“The personal, face-to-face experience offers a level of comfort and assurance in entrusting money and receiving financial advice.”

Morgan Chestnut
Fort Defiance High School
“Credit unions impact the financial services industry by being able to offer its members reduced rates for loans or increased interest rates on savings.”

Rush Earman
Rockbridge County High School
“Credit unions have the advantage of being locally owned and member operated, so when the members keep their best interests at heart, they are also keeping the community’s interests at heart.”

Katie Ellen
East Rockingham High School
“By educating and supporting young citizens of the public, credit unions are ensuring that the future of the community will be left in good hands.”

Casey Gailey
Riverheads High School
“…credit unions have a huge impact on American economy and society, because they create a network of success on the basic level, which can then expand to the global level – a system which has been proven effective.”

Brittany Goldman
Stonewall Jackson High School
“Day in and day out, a credit union walks through life with their members and establishes a friendship that can last a lifetime.”

Jonathan Kloosterman
Strasburg High School
“These roles a credit union plays are vital to each and every community member and help out in a multitude of ways.”

Tyler Koch
Wilson Memorial High School
“The wonderful thing about how the governance structure in a credit union works is that it has the ability to help improve lower-income individuals’ access to affordable banking and financial care.”

Sarah Kullman
Robert E. Lee High School
“Credit unions also provide financial safety to its members, which is an important attribute in today’s economy.”

Rebekah Morris
Afton Christian School
“…the credit union always works to strike a balance between policies that benefit savers and policies that benefit borrowers.”

Makena Rafferty-Lewis
Spotswood High School
“Community credit unions give the people of close-knit areas the chance to have a full service financial cooperative in which they have input.”

Samantha Savage
Buffalo Gap High School
“Now having a greater understanding of my options as a young adult, I will definitely pursue becoming a member of a local credit union to better myself financially and my community as a whole.”

Kristy Wertz
Adult Category
“Because of credit unions being not-for-profit this allows them to invest in the members and community and offer better rates as well.”

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