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DCU Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors

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DCU (Digital Federal Credit Union) recognizes the lifetime value of a college education. The DCU Memorial Scholarship Program is designed to assist outstanding students with the cost of this education. DCU wants to recognize your hard work and promote your goals, too. Beginning in November of 2016, students in their senior year of high school who will be attending a state or nationally accredited college or university in the fall of 2017 are able to apply for the Annual DCU Memorial Scholarship Program. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit, teachers’ references, an original essay, awards and recognition, and extracurricular and community service activities. An impartial panel of college educators will judge the participants’ entries. In 2017, DCU will award up to $100,000 in Scholarships. All funds are distributed through the DCU for Kids Foundation.

2016-2017 Entry Information:

- All entries must be submitted electronically through the online portal by clicking here.
- Applications and all supporting materials are due on or before Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3pm (EST). All materials must be uploaded to your application and submitted by the deadline date and time. Any materials received after the deadline date will not considered for review.
- Scholarship winners will be notified around the beginning of May.

2016-2017 Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Applications available.
  • Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3pm (EST) – Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted through the online scholarship portal.
  • April/May 2017 – Judging will take place.
  • Beginning of May 2017 – Judging concludes and scholarships will be awarded. Those selected will be contacted by phone and/or email. Names of those selected will be posted on this page.

2016-2017 Official Rules:

1. Judging Criteria – The winning students will be the ones judged most likely to excel in college as determined by an impartial panel of college educators. They base their judgments on the following factors: a transcript of your high school grades for senior year (to date) and junior year (full year), academic merit, two written letters of reference from any junior or senior class teachers and/or guidance counselors, an essay judged on the quality of writing and the reasoning used, awards and recognition, extracurricular and community service activities.

2. Entry Qualifications – To enter, the student must be a graduating high school senior and be planning to attend a state-accredited or nationally-accredited two or four-year college or university. DCU employees, volunteers, and their immediate family members are ineligible.

3. The Essay – The essay should answer "Why I should receive a DCU Scholarship" and be no more than 300 words in length. The essay will appear as a question within the application. Please remember that a DCU membership has no bearing on whether or not you receive a scholarship. Scholarships are based on the judging criteria outlined in section one of the official rules.

4. Schedule – Applications and all supporting materials (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) must be received through the scholarship portal by 3pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Applications and materials received after the deadline date and time will not be reviewed. Winners will be notified by phone in early May.

5. Publicity – By entering winners agree to have their names published in DCU newsletters, signs, website, and news releases announcing the results at DCU's discretion.

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