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The Annual Scholarship Program

For over 20 years, DCU, through DCU for Kids, has provided a scholarship program designed to assist students in the pursuit of a higher education with over $1.5 million in scholarships being awarded.

This year, DCU for Kids awarded 120 scholarships totaling $190,000 to graduating high school seniors judged most likely to excel at a college or university. In 2022, 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 begin to accept applications starting December 7, 2021 for the 2022 application process. Please visit this page for Official Rules and FAQ’s.


2022 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 4, 2022 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 2022 by email.
  • More information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

2022 Schedule of Events:
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Applications available.
  • Friday, March 4, 2022 at 3pm (EST) – Portal Closes
    • Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted through the online scholarship portal – NO exceptions!  Please take note of the Time Zone!
  • Early May, 2022 – Scholarships will be awarded.
    • Those selected will be contacted by email.
    • Names of those selected will be posted below once all awards are confirmed.

2022 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 2022. (graduate programs excluded).
  3. The Essay – The essay should answer the following essay prompt and be no more than 300 words in length (the essay will appear as a question within the application):
    • “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?”
  1. 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 4, 2022. NO emails will be accepted with documents.Applications and materials received after the above deadline date and time will not be considered. Winners will be notified by email in late April/early May 2022.
  2. 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.


A DCU membership has no bearing on whether or not you receive a scholarship. Scholarships are based on the judging criteria outlined in Section 1 of the Official Rules. Download official rules below:


2021 Winners

2021 $2,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:
  • Alexis Jean Sye   –  Onalaska, WI
  • Angelin Mathew  –  Davie, FL
  • Atharva Vispute  –  Colorado Springs, CO
  • Austin Christopher Pierce  –  Howell, NJ
  • Ayushman Choudhury  –  Ellington, CT
  • Brock Tweedy  –  Huntertown, IN
  • Dana Zhang  –  Furlong, PA
  • Gracie Sunde  –  Papillion, NE
  • Jessalin Nguyen  –  Houston, TX
  • Macey Leonard  –  Ladera Ranch, CA
  • Mikella Nguyen  –  Fort Worth, TX
  • Natalie Villacres   –  South Richmond Hill, NY
  • Reagan Faith Wagner  –  Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Riley Ballard  –  Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Saketh Mynampati  –  Billerica, MA
  • Samantha Green  –  North Bellmore, NY
  • Sofia Gaxiola  –  San Diego, CA
  • Steve Rosario  –  Andover, MA
  • Teryn Mitchell  –  Damascus, MD
  • Zachary Hines Miller  –  Ashburn, VA
2021 $2,000 DCU Scholarship Winners:
  • Addison Rene McDonald  –  Lampasas, TX
  • Aditya Senthil  –  Concord, NC
  • Allyson Wang  –  Glen Allen, VA
  • Ankit Boruah  –  Franklin, MA
  • Anna Puster  –  Lakeville, OH
  • Anthony John DeMarco  –  Kirtland, OH
  • Carson Goh  –  Nashua, NH
  • Cecilia Knowles  –  Boylston, MA
  • EricaRae Nicole Herrick  –  Swanton, OH
  • Grace Weaver  –  Palm Harbor, FL
  • Jordan Allen  –  Cedar Park, TX
  • Madison Spanodemos  –  Malverne, NY
  • Meredith Anne McGee  –  Burleson, TX
  • Nailah Remyl DuBose  –  Elk Grove, CA
  • Olivia Kline  –  Johnston, RI
  • Samantha Kopec  –  Clearwater, FL
  • Shrivatsa Ravindra Kulkarni  –  Round Rock, TX
  • Shriya Bagdi  –  Middletown, DE
  • Suhani Patel  –  Peoria, AZ
  • Timothy Dorney  –  Norton, MA
2021 $1,500 DCU Scholarship Winners:
  • Aaminah Syed  –  Pine Plains, NY
  • Abigail Nicole Fulton  – Hanover, IN
  • Adhishri Hande  –  Lowell, MA
  • Afia Boakye-Yiadom  –  Aurora, CO
  • Aisha Samone Carothers  –  Glenwood, IL
  • Akash Mahajan  –  San Marcos, CA
  • Amrita Thirumalai  –  Westborough, MA
  • Anshul P Shirude  –  Burlington,  MA
  • Ashley Brown  –  Cheltenham, MD
  • Benjamin Kelley  –  Troy, IL
  • Blake Edward Brunmeier  –  Boyne Falls, MI
  • Colin Michael Roberts  –  Eagan, MN
  • David Lee  –  Northborough, MA
  • Dhvani P Soni  –   Hanover Park, IL
  • Elena Garza  –  San Antonio, TX
  • Elizabeth Kathleen Horwitz  – Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Ella Grace Lockamy  – Martinez, GA
  • Ethan James Schellhorn  –  Sumner, IA
  • Eugene Min  –  Belmont, CA
  • Faith Michelle Nguyen  –  Purcellville, VA
  • Grace Nwankwo  –  Chicago,  IL
  • Haotian Yang  –  Dublin, CA
  • Huda Siddiqui  –  Addison, IL
  • Hudson Boyd  –  Montgomery, TX
  • Jabez Abayneh  –  Aurora, CO
  • Keegan Gleason  –  Millbury, MA
  • Kirby Payton  – Anniston, AL
  • Leah Elizabeth LaVerde  –  Kirtland, OH
  • Madilyn Grace Riley  –  Richards, TX
  • Nathan Ware  –  Mashpee, MA
  • Nolan Tiani  –  Hull, MA
  • Pape Nourou Diop  –  Suwanee, GA
  • Rayna Nemcek  –  Mount Dora, FL
  • Roaa Marei  –  River Grove, IL
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gatti  –  Bossier City, LA
  • Sean McAleer  –  East Windsor, NJ
  • Sheena Lai  –  Marietta, GA
  • Stephanie Njeri  –  Florissant, MO
  • Stokes Lanier Cromer  –  Greenwood, SC
  • Ulysses Brenzel  –  Boston, MA
2021 $1,000 DCU Scholarship Winners:
  • Aditya Jambhale  –  Dublin, OH
  • Blade Thomas Cintron  –  Terre Haute, IN
  • Calyce Emil Jones  –  Carson, CA
  • Catherine Hunt  –  Monroe, LA
  • Dev Chheda  –  Charlotte, NC
  • Elizabeth Lancaster  –  Oak Ridge, TN
  • Emily Grace Proffitt  –  Little Rock, AR
  • Ethan Thomas Harned  –  Louisville, KY
  • Fariha Shoily  – Hollis, NY
  • Hadley Teut  –  Lincoln, NE
  • Henry Trinh  –  East Elmhurst, NY
  • Isabella Pawloski  –  Holiday, FL
  • Jacob Blizard  –  Mooresville, NC
  • Jacqueline Kiszka  –  York, PA
  • Jared Kendall Pugh Jr.  –  Bessemer, AL
  • Jarrett Mack Pfister  –  Utica, OH
  • Jaylen Sydney Lockhart  –  Chicago, IL
  • John Edward Meehan  –   Northborough,                MA
  • Julianne Sunah Oh  –  League City, TX
  • Karolina Helena Bodzianowski  –  Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Kevin Carpenter  –  Tyngsboro, MA
  • Khushi T Patel  –  Wayne, MI
  • Madison Loza  –  Brick, NJ
  • Mahima Das  –  Lexington, MA
  • MaKenzie Jashay Brown  –  Fayetteville, GA
  • Margaret Cielesz  –  Rockford, IL
  • Mark Patrick Hurst  –  De Pere, WI
  • Meghana Karumuri  –  Farmington Hills, MI
  • Mia Seergae  –  Fallston, MD
  • Miguel Mascarenhas  –  Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Mori Ono  –  Ann Arbor, MI
  • Nicholas Jon Towle  –  Dunstable, MA
  • Olivia C. Morrell  –  Norfolk, NY
  • Paula Toritsesan Gbenebitse  –  Roslyn Heights, NY
  • Praneet Nadella  –  Nashua, NH
  • Sisy Chen  –  Chicago,  IL
  • Steven Budnick  –  East Setauket,  NY
  • Tyler Crowell  –  La Verne,  CA
  • Vachaspathy Sreedhar  –  Bolingbrook,  IL
  • Vasundhara Gatne  –  Woodbridge,  VA

All DCU employees, volunteers, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their immediate family members are ineligible to apply to the DCU Memorial Scholarship Program.