Scholarship Program

Recognizing academic excellence in the community

United Federal Credit Union 2017-2018 School Year Scholarship Program

For high school Seniors who demonstrate academic excellence and community engagement


Deadline: March 31, 2018


2017-2018 Application Form


The purpose of the United Federal Credit Union Scholarship program is to recognize academic excellence and community support provided by our young Members. Recognizing that these individuals are the key to our future, the leadership of the credit union has established this scholarship program to demonstrate their belief in our young people’s potential. We believe that, just as we honor the legacy of our past, we also have a responsibility to invest in our future.


United Federal Credit Union will award scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate community service and academic achievement. Six scholarships will be granted in the amount of $1,000 each.* Applicants must:

  • Be an active Member of United Federal Credit Union;
  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community services;
  • Be accepted as an incoming freshman at an accredited college, trade school or university;
  • Achieve one of the following academic requirements:
    • A cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or 3.5 (on a 5-point scale)
    • An SAT score of at least 1,008
    • An ACT score of at least 21.2

Applicants must return the following to: Matt Orlando, United Federal Credit Union, Attn: Marketing, 2807 S. State Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

  • A completed application, 2017-2018 Application Form.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher;
  • Proof that you have met our academic requirements (see above) If applicable, please provide official raised seal or signature transcripts;
  • A 300 – 400 word, original essay. The essay topic: Why choose a credit union? The essays will be scored on: meaningfulness/impact on the applicant’s life, originality, grammar, clarity of expression and composition;
  • And a 280-character Tweet on the topic: Why a credit union is a good choice. Photos and links may be included provided they do not violate copyright laws. The Tweet will be scored on: if the topic was addressed accurately and appropriately, originality and creativity, if you tagged @UnitedFCU or used the hashtag #UFCUScholarship correctly.


Applications must be submitted to a local branch by 5PM local time or postmarked by March 31, 2018.


The primary focus of the UFCU Scholarship is an applicant’s academic achievement and service to community. The applicants will be scored as follows:

  • Academic Achievement (25%)
  • Community Involvement (25%)
  • Extra-Curricular Activities (including athletics) (25%)
  • Essay and Tweet (25%)


Regional Awards*: The individual with the highest score in each state UFCU has a branch will receive a $1,000 scholarship.



  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio


Each scholarship winner must begin studies within one year of notification and agree to allow United Federal Credit Union to use his/her name and photograph in promotional materials and press releases.


The applications selected for scholarship awards are the sole decision of United Federal Credit Union and its designated judges. All decisions final.


*Members will be placed in the region their account is assigned. If you live outside of your assigned region, you will be placed in the region closest to you. If there are no applicants who meet the minimum requirements within a region, no award will be given. Employees of United Federal Credit Union, its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising/promotional agencies and board members, and the immediate families and household members of all such persons are not eligible.