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San Mateo Credit Union's 2021 Educational Scholarship

 

Investing in Your Future

 

San Mateo Credit Union believes that a higher education is a catalyst for success.  That's why, year after year, the SMCU Education Scholarship helps students with the growing expenses that come along with a college education.  SMCU is proud to offer two $5,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover the costs such as tuition, housing, books, and meals. 

Eligiblity Requirements
Applicants must:

  • Be a class of 2021 high school senior or a 2020 graduate who took a gap year and are enrolling in a college or technical school for the first time.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and sumbit an unofficial transcript.
  • Provide a typed essay on the following prompt:
    • Credit Unions believe in the philosophy of People Helping People.  Tell us about a time when you helped someone in need and explain what you learned about the importance of having compassion and empathy.
  • Plan to enroll in an accredited college or technical school for Fall 2021. If selected as a winner, enrollment will be verified prior to receiving scholarship funds.
Additionally applicants are encouraged to submit a resume highlighting work experience, extra curricular activities, and/or talents if applicable.  There is no restriction regarding applicants county or residence. 

*Applications with GPAs below 3.0 will be considered if 11th and 12th grade GPAs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please upload a brief statement explaining how COVID-19 has influenced your GPA. Examples of qualifying events include:
  • Limited access to technology, including unstable or limited access to internet services.
  • Limited or challenged access to resources to assist with virtual learning, including limited access to tutoring, office hours or other support
  • Other pandemic-related extenuating circumstances, including a loss of household income resulting in increased pressure to work, pandemic-related illness or death in the family, or other pandemic-related stress.
 

The 2021 Educational Scholarship is now closed.  To read about our 2021 winners, please check back in early May.

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