Scholarship FAQs

Q: How can I obtain a scholarship application?

A: Visit our time sensitive web portal in early December 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.

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 the award year. 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: I am eligible to apply if I choose to take a gap year?

A: No, the scholarship 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 the award year. Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: All applications and supporting materials must be received before the 3pm (EST) early March deadline for consideration.  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. Letters from other sources will not be accepted and will disqualify your application. Within the online scholarship application portal, you will submit the names, titles, and email addresses of the two individuals that are writing a recommendation on your behalf.  Applicants must upload the two letters of recommendation in .pdf format in the application portal. The portal will not allow you to “Submit” your application without attaching the required documents. There is no secondary log-in for school administrators to submit documentation on your behalf.

Note -- Some schools in accordance with FERPA guidelines do not permit students direct access to their recommendation letters. DCU for Kids acknowledges this may cause submission difficulties for some of the student population. We will provide guidance to address this matter in our 2020 guidelines once they are posted in mid-November.

Tip -- It may take some time for your teacher and/or guidance counselor to write 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 in the portal before the 3pm (EST) deadline in early March to be considered for review. An application missing this required documentation will disqualify your application.

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

A: Scholarship winners will be notified in late April/early May by email. Winners are required to complete an award confirmation form in the portal. Instructions to do so are emailed to the winners in late April. All confirmations are due by May 1st. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of applications received, we are unable to notify all applicants of their status.  Please check the following website for a list of winners in early May: www.dcuforkids.org/scholarships

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, 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 the award year.  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 of the award year. 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: How can I check to see if my transcript was uploaded?

A: You are responsible for providing an official or unofficial transcript of high school grades for your senior year (to date) and junior year (full year). Upload your transcripts as one file in .pdf format through the portal in the designated space provided. You will be able to see the attachment on your application page. There is no secondary log-in for school administrators to submit documentation on your behalf. All supporting materials (recommendations and transcript) must be uploaded to the site before the 3pm (EST) early March 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) early March deadline.