College Scholarship Program

“Continuously Investing in the Education of our Members”

This year’s essay topic:

As a credit union member, explain why someone should choose a credit union as their primary financial institution over alternative financial service providers, such as for-profit banks. Any information that is not the original idea of the applicant needs to be cited as to the source of the information.

2017 Essay Submission Winner:

Makenzie B. from Meadville Area Senior High School

Why Should I trust My Finances with a Credit Union?

This year’s photo theme:

The credit union core value, “Be Respectful.” Judges will be looking for a photo that is lobby poster worthy with an original caption included, so put some thought into your photo. It will take as much effort to create a photo as those who submit essays and videos! Your photo doesn’t have to be directly related to the financial services industry, but it does need to capture this year’s assigned theme.  Picture & caption entries need to be the original work of the student. Applicants will need to provide the source of their photo and caption. Any trademark or plagiarism will be grounds for disqualification from scholarship eligibility.

2017 Photo Submission Winner:

Shannon K. from Cochranton High School

Give them both a fighting chance

This year’s video topic:

Create a 60-second advertisement targeted specifically at a young viewer (under the age of 25) that highlights the benefits of credit union membership. Content of the video must be the original work of the applicant.

2017 Video Submission Winner:

Shannon K. from Cochranton High School

Young Big Dreamers

PLEASE NOTE: Parental membership does not qualify the applicant. All applicants must themselves be a member of The ONE Federal Credit Union.  Multiple judges are used for each scholarship category.  Judges are third party, non-biased individuals.  All submissions are given to the judges without the student name attached to them.
Applicants must be a current freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school attending or planning to attend a college or trade school. This scholarship does not apply to students in postgraduate programs nor payment of student loans. If a winner that is chosen is anything other than a current high school senior, awards will be deposited into a growth account that will be available to the student upon their high school graduation with intent to attend a college or trade school the following semester. All other winners will receive their award upon attending the college or trade school of their choosing. All amounts are paid directly to the school upon presentation of tuition bill. In the event the winning student does not end up attending a post-secondary institution, The ONE Federal Credit Union will pay out a flat $100.00 cash prize. This determination is made upon immediate post-graduation plans. Upon entry, all essays, photos, videos, and packet information becomes property of The ONE Federal Credit Union. We do not publicize address or other personal information of applicants.