Scholarships

DCCU Scholarships

DCCU is committed to helping students achieve their higher educational goals. In 2022, DCCU will offer a $1,000 scholarship to the following: 

  • One graduating senior at each of the twenty-eight high schools in our membership area
  • One graduating senior attending a private school, is home schooled, or is a DCCU member attending school outside of our membership area
  • One student attending a technical school pursuing certification/licensure training1
  • One adult student (age 23 or older) pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree1
  • One student pursuing a master's or doctoral degree1

In recent years, there has been an increase in teens and young adults falling victim to financial fraud. After reading the following articles, please write a 500-750 word essay in response to the following two questions. 

  1. Federal Trade Commission - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-student-loans-work-and-how-avoid-scams
  2. Federal Student Aid - https://studentaid.gov/resources/scams#report-fraud-and-identity-theft
  3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/fraud/
  4. National Credit Union Administration https://www.mycreditunion.gov/fraud-prevention-center
  5. GreenPath Financial Wellness - https://www.greenpath.com/identity-theft-2/

Questions:

  1. Describe the ways that teens are led to be victims of financial fraud and why?
  2. How can teens be more proactive in protecting themselves from falling prey to financial scams?

See guidelines below and use the links to the left to apply.

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2022 Guidelines

Qualifying High Schools: 

Bath County | Broadway | Buffalo Gap | Central | Clarke County | East Rockingham | Fort Defiance | Harrisonburg | Highland County | James Wood | John Handley | Luray | Millbrook | Page County | Parry McCluer | Riverheads | Staunton | Rockbridge | Sherando | Skyline | Spotswood | Mountain View | Strasburg | Stuarts Draft | Turner Ashby | Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind | Warren County | Waynesboro | Wilson Memorial | Private or Home School

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 7, 2022. The applicant is required to complete the assignment on their own. If the applicant does not have internet access, they may visit a DCCU office to complete the requirements. 

Scholarship winners will be determined by March 31, 2022 and notified shortly after. The scholarship is a one-time award and proceeds will be sent directly to the financial aid office at the educational institution once the Credit Union has been notified that registration has been completed. Membership with DCCU is not a requirement. 

For questions or further information, contact Sarah Landram, Community and Business Development Manager, at SLandram@mydccu.com or 540.946.3200 Ext: 3149. 

DCCU employees, management, volunteers, and their immediate families are ineligible. 1Students living or attending school within our membership area.

Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Recipients!

The transition to college is a pivotal time in a student’s life. Colleges and technical schools teach valuable skills that can provide increased opportunities over the course of a career. While every situation is different, one thing is certain – college is costly and scholarships are more important than ever before.

DCCU has been awarding scholarships since 1995. We see our scholarship program as another way we give back to our community and help make an impact in the lives of students and their families. Investing in local students represents our commitment and passion for education as we help ease the stress of paying for college.

This year, applicants were asked to write an essay about the advantages and disadvantages of digital/electronic banking channels and how these channels compare to traditional banking options. DCCU awarded a total of $29,000 in scholarships to deserving students in our community.

Congratulations to our 2021 scholarship winners. We wish you great success in your educational pursuits. 

Brittany Drumheller
Adult Category 

Wyatt Harmon
Bath County High School

Molli Coleman
Broadway High School

Alyssa Armentrout
Buffalo Gap High School

Michelle Kim
Central High School

Maria Sonoski
Clarke County High School

Juliet Good
East Rockingham High School

Brodie Cash
Fort Defiance High School

Jaiden Brooks
Harrisonburg High School

Rachael Amirault
Highland High School

Elisabeth Bass
James Wood High School

Hannah Church
John Handley High School

Taylor Johnson
Luray High School 

Matthew Silver
Masters/Doctorate

Jordan Baer
Millbrook High School

Jack Rizzo
Private/Homeschooled

Riley Reed
Riverheads High School

Michael Gilbert
Rockbridge County High School    

Alexis Dennis
Sherando High School

Lukas Leon-Nolan
Skyline High School 

Zachary Kiser
Spotswood High School

Fiona McGhee
Staunton High School

Brooke Jones
Mountain View High School

Seaira Warnell
Strasburg High School

Wyatt Aldhizer
Stuarts Draft High School

Emma Campbell
Technical/Licensure

Kevin Matthew
Turner Ashby High School

Riley Hamp
Waynesboro High School

Grayson Wright
Wilson Memorial High School

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