SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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We proudly offer a scholarship opportunity through our annual Scholarship Program for students throughout the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). Membership is required to apply; however, the length of membership does not factor into the scholarship decision. You are eligible for membership if you live, work, worship, or study in the four Rio Grande Valley counties – Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy. If you move outside the RGV, the great news is that once you are a credit union member, you are always a member! Not a member yet? No problem. Become a member to qualify!

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Recipients!

This year, each of our 9 branches awarded a graduating high school student a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards furthering their education.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

 Sandra Salazar

Brownsville Price Rd. Branch Recipient

Jenevieve Barron

Brownsville Ruben Torres Branch Recipient

Carina Crispin

Edinburg Branch Recipient

Christian Cervantes

Harlingen Branch Recipient

Cole Butel

McAllen Branch Recipient

Isabella Garcia

Mission Branch Recipient

Emily Ramos

Pharr Branch Recipient

Natalie Garcia

San Benito Branch Recipient

Kranthz Esparaza

Weslaco Branch Recipient

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The applicant must be an active primary member in good standing. To open an SFFCU account, you must live, work, worship, or study in any of the four (4) Rio Grande counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy). If the applicant is already a member but has relocated, they are still eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must be classified as a 2024 graduating high school student.
  • Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) on a 4.0 scale.
  • The applicant must be accepted into an accredited college, university, or other postsecondary institution for the 2024 academic year.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

  • An unofficial copy of the applicant’s current high school transcripts.
  • Applicant’s postsecondary acceptance letter(s) on official typed letterhead or email.
  • An Enrollment Verification Letter from the applicant’s attending postsecondary institution may be required if selected as a scholarship recipient.
  • Required essay in a typed or video format.

REQUIRED ESSAY

All applications must include a typed essay OR a video answering one of the following prompts. Note: The most important thing to remember is to be original as you share your own story, thoughts, and ideas with us.

  1. Share your story from your everyday life that reveals something about your character, values, and life that aligns with the culture and values growing up in the Rio Grande Valley.
  2. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

Essay Submission:

  1. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, with a minimum of 500 words.
  2. Must be included with the scholarship application.

Video Submission:

  1. Email, Drop-off, or By Mail Submissions: Please email a link to your video (for example, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to [email protected].
  2. Online Applications: There will be a form field to input your link to your video (for example, Dropbox, Google Drive link, etc.).

Video Guidelines:

The video should be at least 60 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes.

  • Please record in portrait format with bright lighting, clean audio, and a simple, clean background.
  • Show us your personality. The video should be engaging and fun. Show off your creativity.
  • Please refrain from using any offensive, inappropriate, or illegal images or sounds.
  • Any copyrighted materials (e.g., music, images, logos) may only be used if you have permission or own the copyright.

OTHER

  • Reference letters are not required; however, they are strongly encouraged. Reference letters may be submitted (with your application) from your choice of teachers, counselors, employers, or community leaders. If unable to submit at the time of application submission, please mail or email separately before the application deadline.
  • All scholarship funds will be made payable directly to the applicants attending postsecondary institutions no later than August 31, 2024. Funds will not be paid out to the recipients.
  • Open to children of Security First Federal Credit Union employees.
  • Not open to children of Security First Federal Credit Union board members and senior staff.
  • Incomplete applications will not be eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Online Application: Be prepared to upload all required documents at the time of submitting the application. The application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.
  • Branch Drop-off or Email: You may drop off your application along with the required documentation at any of our nine convenient locations. Alternatively, you can email the PDF along with the required documentation to the Marketing Department at [email protected].
  • By Mail

SUBMISSION OPTIONS

ONLINE

Be prepared to upload all required documents at the time of submitting the application. There is no option to save for later. Visit securityfirstcu.com/scholarship-program to apply. The deadline to submit is 11:59 PM on January 31, 2024

MAIL

Must be postmarked by January 31, 2024. Please mail to:

SECURITY FIRST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Scholarship Program

ATTN: Marketing Department

PO BOX 4829

McAllen, TX 78502

EMAIL

Must be received via email by 11:59 PM on January 31, 2024.

Please email: [email protected]. Subject Line: Scholarship Application – (Your Full Name).

DROP-OFF

We have nine convenient locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Must be dropped off no later than January 31, 2024, at 5:00 PM, Attention: Marketing Department / Scholarship Application