2018 – 2019 Scholarship Program

As part of our commitment to higher education, SPIRE Credit Union is offering a scholarship program to its membership.  The Traditional scholarship program is open to all members pursuing higher education, who are graduating from high school in 2018.

The total amount that will be given out for the 2018 – 2019 school year is $1,000:
·  Traditional Scholarships:  Two (2) awarded for $500 each
·  There will be a one-year expiration date on all scholarships.
·  Scholarships will be paid out directly to the school during the student’s first quarter/semester with at least a 2.0 grade point average.

The application criteria are as follows:
·  Must be a primary member of SPIRE Credit Union and your account must be in good standing.
·  Must write an essay of 500-1,000 words answering the question stated below.  
·  Do not include the applicant's name or family members' names in your essay or community involvement responses as this will result in disqualification of the application.
·  Must be a high school senior seeking higher education (traditional)
·  Scholarships will be awarded to applicants attending any post-secondary, accredited school  (2-year, 4-year, trade school, vocational school, etc.)
·  Applicants will be selected by a committee based on the following:  overall presentation of essay and application (appearance, style, grammar, content); community involvement; school/extracurricular activities
 
Key Dates:
·  Applications will be available beginning February 1, 2018.
·  Deadline for applications is 11:59:59 p.m., April 15, 2018.
 
Disbursement of Funds:
Once recipients have started classes at their schools, funds will be deposited with the Student Financial Aid Office of the college, university or post-secondary technical school indicated on the application during the first grading period in the school year for which the scholarship applies.  Scholarship funds will be disbursed by the school for payment of tuition, books and fees.  The following stipulations will be indicated when funds are submitted to the schools:
·  Scholarship funds can be disbursed by the school for payment of tuition, books and fees.
·  The student must have a GPA of 2.0 or better for the current term.
·  If the student does not attain a GPA of 2.0 in the first term (quarter/semester), it may be carried over to the second term (quarter/semester).
·  The student must be in active status and attending classes part time or full time.
·  Any scholarship funds not withdrawn by the recipient by the end of the school year for authorized expenses shall be forfeited by the recipient and returned to SPIRE Credit Union.
 

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Field of Study

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* 3. Community Involvement 
Please list any notable accomplishments, professional or community affiliations, extra-curricular activities, awards and community/volunteer involvement. (Weighted 25%) 
Please do not include the applicant's name or family members' names as this will result in disqualification of the application.

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* 4. Essay Question
What is a "healthy financial habit"?   How can SPIRE help you obtain healthy habits?  (Weighted 75%)

Please do not include the applicant's name or family members' names as this will result in disqualification of the application.
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pelling and grammar will be considered, and creativity is encouraged.
Minimum number of words:  500
Maximum number of words:  1,000

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* 5. Confirmation
I agree to have any and all information on this application verified by the Scholarship Committee of SPIRE Credit Union.  I attest that the information provided is accurate and solely my authentic work.
 
I understand that my name, excerpts from my application (including the essay) and/or picture may be used for promotional purposes, including the announcements of the scholarships.

Please input your first name, last name and today's date below.

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