Scholarship FAQs

Q: How can I get 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.

Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for information on applying 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-accredited or nationally-accredited two or four-year college or university in the fall of 2017. 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 3, 2017 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.  After you submit your completed application, 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 3, 2017, 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 by the beginning of 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-accredited 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 at the beginning of May 2017, the award check will be sent to the mailing address provided on your application.

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

A: The check is made payable to you and to your school. Once it arrives to your mailing address, endorse the back of the check with your signature and present it to your college/university 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.  The check must be endorsed by the school.  DCU for Kids will not provide a check for the scholarship recipient in their name.

Tip – If you receive a scholarship award and plan on endorsing the check with your signature and then mailing it to your school’s Bursars Office (instead of hand-delivery), consider mailing it via certified and/or trackable shipping.

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 to let us know about your plans.