In 2020, DCU for Kids awarded 90 scholarships totaling $165,000 to graduating high school seniors judged most likely to excel at a college or university. In 2021, scholarship awards will range from $1,000 to $2,500.
Recipients are chosen by an impartial panel of college educators who base their decisions on scholastic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, recommendation letters, as well as an essay submitted by the student.
The Annual Scholarship Program will accept applications starting December 4, 2020 for the 2021 application process.
Official rules are below and can be downloaded from the link provided on this page. FAQ’s to address some common questions can be found by clicking here.
Students in their senior year of high school who plan to attend a state or nationally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for the DCU for Kids Memorial Scholarship.
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. Judgments are based on the following factors:
2. Entry Qualifications – To enter, the student must…
*All DCU employees, volunteers, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their immediate family members are ineligible to apply to the DCU Memorial Scholarship Program.
3. The Essay – The essay should answer the following essay prompt and be no more than 300 words in length.
“DCU strives to improve the quality of life for children in need. In our efforts to accomplish this mission we embrace three overall principles: People Come First; Do the Right Thing; & Make a Difference."
Describe how you might apply these similar principles to your life now and how you would intend to incorporate these principles as a part of your education and career path. How would this vision impact both your personal and professional relationships?”
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 unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation) must be received through the scholarship portal by 3pm (EST), Friday, March 5, 2021. NO emails will be accepted with documents.
Applications and materials received after the deadline date and time will not be considered. Winners will be notified by email in late April/early May 2021.
5. Publicity – By entering winners agree to have their names published in DCU newsletters, signs, website, affiliated websites, and news releases announcing the results at DCU's discretion.
To download Official Rules, please click here.
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• Carlie Wattigney – Monette, AR
• Catherine G. Close – Spokane, WA
• Charumathi Badrinath – Stamford, CT
• Clare Nelle – Peshastin, WA
• Cyrena Matingou – Chantilly, VA
• Hadiya Kahinde Giwa – Holden, MA
• Jeanie Linda Yu – San Antonio, TX
• Juliana Bea Oringel – Charlotte, NC
• Kevin Wang – Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
• Kristen Annaleise Harriott – Johns Creek, GA
• Krithika A Senthil – Concord, NC
• Kylee McCumber – Leominster, MA
• Matthew Freeman – Richardson, TX
• Neil Walia – Peoria, AZ
• Nia–Isabella – Brownsville, TX
• Ryan Brady – Shaker Heights, OH
• Shane Grant – Walpole, MA
• Supraja Kadagandla – Olympia, WA
• Victoria Dinov – San Diego, CA
• Arjun Jain – Portland, OR
• Caitlin Crow – Hawley, TX
• Caroline Lee – Syosset, NY
• Cassandra Cannon – New London, CT
• Cecile Schreidah – Toledo, OH
• Charlene Bernabe – Chandler, AZ
• Chloe Tardif – Hudson, NH
• Claire Reynolds – Nashua, NH
• Jessie Eileen Vetack – Helendale, CA
• Julia Terra–Salomao – Hudson, MA
• Manav Amish Kania – Milton, GA
• Matthew Dong – Troy, MI
• Michelle Vong – Honolulu, HI
• Rishyanth Peela – Troy, MI
• Scott Alton O'Donnell – Kalispell, MT
• Sheetal Bangalore – Morristown, NJ
• Shiwan Bamarni – El Cajon, CA
• Velan Rajmohan – Hilliard, OH
• Victoria Kalisz – Acushnet, MA
• Vivian Cao–Dao – Centreville, VA
• Aarav Kumar – Manvel, TX
• Aditi Bagepalli – San Ramon, CA
• Alaha Nasari – Hicksville, NY
• Alyssa Friudenberg – Corpus Christi, TX
• Alyxandria Grace Hodgin – Grovetown, GA
• Annalise Grammel – Canal Winchester, OH
• Arabella Raquel Crites – Loveland, CO
• Arianna Wright – Leesburg, VA
• Ashley R Atkinson – South Chesterfield, VA
• Ashley Laveriano – Orange, NJ
• Brandon Kee – Milford, MA
• Catheryn Jayde Holbrook – Olive Hill, KY
• Chloe Hope Carlyle Cullen – Petaluma, CA
• Delaney George – Auburn, PA
• Diana Salmeron – Spring, TX
• Dilan Sapan Patel – Bartlett, IL
• Dinh Ton – Marlborough, MA
• Elliott Detjen – Draper, UT
• Emily Cornforth – Purcell, OK
• Evette Harrell – Delaware, OH
• Gabrielle Sangataldo – Milmay, NJ
• Grace Clark – Bedford, MA
• Grace Catherine Lehto – Nashua, NH
• Hannah Elise McAllister – Yorktown, VA
• Harry Heiberger – Brandon, SD
• Heather Osterstock – Kihei, HI
• Jared Michael Broscious – Paxinos, PA
• Justin Cash Wright – Sallisaw, OK
• Kalista Kay Lincoln – La Habra, CA
• Kate Aldinger – Orlando, FL
• Kim Thien Pham – League City, TX
• Krysta Ann Mei Lin Reese – Mililani, HI
• Kyla Beel – Marble Hill, MO
• Lauren Tramonte – Woburn, MA
• Lindsey Slama – Longmont, CO
• London Nicole Roberts – Oklahoma City, OK
• Mary Teske – Yakima, WA
• Matthew Allison – Ft. Wright, KY
• Mikayla Nicole Lipscomb – Seale, AL
• Namie Franco – Vernon Hills, IL
• Nicole Kimie Iwamasa – Honolulu, HI
• Nikola Duka – Worcester, MA
• Priya Abigail Gupta – Asbury, NJ
• Samuel Lin – Wilmette, IL
• Samuel Senzon – Martinsville, NJ
• Sanjana Satish – Bloomington, IL
• Sarah Kimmel – Fort Loudon, PA
• Shanivi Srikonda – Irving, TX
• Sierra Santiago – Jamaica, NY
• Zoee Clifton – Little Rock, AR
All DCU employees, volunteers, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their immediate family members are ineligible to apply to the DCU Memorial Scholarship Program.