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The Annual Scholarship Program

For over 20 years, DCU has provided a scholarship program designed to assist students in the pursuit of a higher education with $1,184,000 in scholarships being awarded.

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.

2021 Entry Information:

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.

  • Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3pm (EST) and must be submitted electronically through our online scholarship system. 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 be considered for review – NO exceptions!
  • Scholarships are awarded on academic merit, teachers' and/or guidance counselor references, an original essay, awards and recognition, and extracurricular and community service activities. An impartial panel of college educators will judge participants’ entries.
  • Scholarship winners will be notified in late April/early May 2021 by email.
  • More information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

2021 Schedule of Events:

  • Friday, December 4, 2020 – Applications available.
  • Friday, March 5, 2021 at 3pm (EST) – Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted through the online scholarship portal – NO exceptions!
  • Early May, 2021 – Scholarships will be awarded. Those selected will be contacted by email. Names of those selected will be posted below, once all awards are confirmed.

2021 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. Judgments are based on the following factors:

  • An unofficial transcript of your high school grades for senior year (to date) and junior year (full year). Please upload both in one pdf to your application.
  • Academic merit.
  • An essay judged on the quality of writing and the reasoning used. Note: Proper grammar and punctuation matter – for your entire application!
  • Awards and recognition, extracurricular and community service activities.
  • Two written letters of reference from any junior or senior class teachers and/or guidance counselors. (Note: NO extracurricular, community or faith-based leaders, or employer reference letters will be accepted!)

2. Entry Qualifications – To enter, the student must…

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be registered and attending a state-accredited or nationally accredited two or four-year college or university in the fall of 2021. (graduate programs excluded)

*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.

2020 Winners

2020 $2,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:

• Ayush Garg – Westminster, CO
• 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

2020 $2,000 DCU Scholarship Winners:

• 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

2020 $1,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:

• 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.