Scholarship FAQs

Q: How can I obtain a scholarship application?

A: Visit our time sensitive web portal to access the online scholarship application portal.  On the home page you will need to create account by clicking on the Sign Up button.  Once you have signed up, you can access the portal and begin your application.  Applications are only available through the online portal.  Paper applications are neither available nor accepted.

Click here to apply for 2018 Scholarship Program.

Q: Do I need to be a member of Digital Federal Credit Union to submit an application?

A: No, you do not have to be a DCU member to submit an application or receive an award.  The DCU Annual Memorial Scholarship is a national scholarship program that is available to any graduating high school senior with plans to attend a state or nationally-accredited two or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2018. Please Note: DCU employees, volunteers, and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Q: I passed the GED (General Educational Development) exam, am I eligible to apply for the DCU Memorial Scholarship?

A:  Individuals that have passed the GED exam are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and be able to provide an official or unofficial transcript of high school grades for their senior year (to date) and junior year (full year).

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: All applications and supporting materials must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3pm (EST).  Any materials received after the deadline will not be submitted to the judges, regardless of circumstance.  Please plan the completion and submission of your application accordingly.

Q: Can I send a letter of recommendation from my guidance counselor?

A: Yes.  You must submit two letters of recommendation.  These letters may come from your junior or senior year teachers, and/or your guidance counselor.  Within the online scholarship application portal you will have the option to submit the names and email addresses of two individuals that you’d like to send a recommendation on your behalf.  Once contact information is added and saved, the portal will send an email to those individuals to trigger them to upload the recommendation within the portal. The other option is for the student to upload the letters themselves.  Please Note: It may take some time for your teacher to write and upload the letter. Please plan the completion of this step accordingly. Materials received after the deadline will not be used in the judging process. All recommendations and transcripts must be received before the deadline on March 2, 2018, 3PM (EST) to be considered for review.

Q: I submitted a scholarship application, when will I be notified if I am an award recipient?

A: Scholarship winners will be notified in early May by email and/or telephone using the phone numbers listed on the application, and then follow up via the email address listed on the application in the event that we are unable to reach you. Unfortunately due to the overwhelming number of applications received, we are unable to notify all applicants of their status.  Please check the website for a list of winners.

Q: The college I hope to attend this coming Fall is outside of the United States, can I still use the scholarship funds toward my tuition if I am selected?

A: If you are selected as a winner of one of the scholarship awards, you would need to be enrolled and attend a state or nationally-accredited two or four-year college or university within the United States in order to receive the tuition award.

Q: If I am awarded a scholarship, when will I receive the check?

A: Shortly after the scholarship winners are announced in early May 2018, the award check will be mailed to the student to endorse and forward along to the school to which that student will be attending in the Fall of 2018.  The check will then be posted to the students account.

Q: May I cash the check or deposit it into my personal bank account?

A: The check will be made payable to the student and the college/university of which you will be matriculating in the Fall 2018. You will then need to endorse the check and forward to the Bursar’s office to be applied directly toward your tuition fees.  You will not be able to cash the check or deposit it into your own personal bank account.  DCU for Kids will not provide a check for the scholarship recipient in their name.

Q: I already paid my tuition in full for the fall semester; can I use the scholarship award toward the cost of my rent, schoolbooks, etc.?

A: If you have already paid your fall tuition costs, the check must still be provided to the Bursar’s Office to be applied toward your spring tuition. If both semesters have been paid, the deposit can typically be made to your tuition account, and your school may be able to issue you a reimbursement check in your name.  Please consult your Admissions Officer or Bursar's Office for assistance.  DCU for Kids will not provide a check for the scholarship recipient in their name.

Q: I won a scholarship award, but my secondary education plans have changed. What happens now?

A: In the event you are delaying your school enrollment, the college or university may keep the check in your school account to be applied towards your tuition once you enroll.  If you do not end up attending that school, or you withdraw, the school will mail back the check to DCU for Kids.  If you have the scholarship check in your possession, but then decide to attend a different school before your freshman year begins, you must mail the original scholarship check back to DCU for Kids, then DCU for Kids will cut a new check for the new school.  Please contact DCU for Kids at scholarships@dcu.org to let us know about your plans.

Q: What happens if I sent a recommendation request, but it was not received by my teacher or guidance counselor?

A: New recommendation requests can be sent provided that the application was not submitted. Log into the portal and click into your application to view the recommendation request section. You must delete the recommendation request in question, and add a new request. Please be sure to save the information, or the request will not be sent.

Tip –  Do not edit the email in the previous request or the recommendation request as the portal will not trigger delivery of the request. If you have already submitted your application, recommendation requests cannot be resent. Automated emails can get trapped in inbox and server spam filters. Please have the teacher/guidance counselor check the filter and/or the school’s filter for lost messages. Please verify the email address with your teacher or guidance counselor, and check the recommendation’s contact information for error.

Q: How can I check to see if my recommendation requests were uploaded?

A: Applicants can log into the portal and click on the request section of the application to confirm status of recommendation requests. Applicants can also view the original contact information and verify email addresses. Students are responsible for checking in with those of whom they requested a recommendation/s. All supporting materials (recommendations and transcript) must be uploaded to the site before the 3PM (EST), Friday, March 2, 2018 deadline for consideration.

Q: How can I check to see if my transcript was uploaded?

A: Currently, transcript upload status information is unavailable through the portal. Please check directly with your school to confirm that it was received and uploaded. All supporting materials (recommendations and transcript) must be uploaded to the site before the 3PM (EST), Friday, March 2, 2018 deadline for consideration.

Q: Can I edit my scholarship application after it has been submitted?

A: Submitted scholarship applications become official, and therefore cannot be edited. Please carefully review your application before submitting.

Tip – Consider saving your application in draft form and returning to edit, review, and submit before the 3pm (EST) Friday, March 2, 2018 deadline.