Desert Schools Federal Credit Union has announced plans for its eleventh annual Community Service Scholarship Program to reward outstanding local high school seniors who have made noteworthy charitable contributions to their communities over the past year.
In all, six Desert Schools Community Service Scholarships will be granted totaling $25,000, including a grand prize $10,000 scholarship, followed by one $5,000 scholarship and four $2,500 scholarships for students to further their educations.
“In our 76 years as the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, Desert Schools has never stopped looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Susan Frank, CEO of Desert Schools. “A good college education comes with a substantial price tag that many of our youth simply cannot afford. We are elated to support fellow philanthropists who choose to further their educations and follow their dreams.”
Students interested in obtaining one of Desert Schools’ Community Service Scholarships have until March 6, 2015 to complete and mail the required application packet.
Those who wish to be considered for an award must have performed 50 or more hours of official volunteer service between the dates of Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.
Additional conditions require that the applicant maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be an active account holder, or family member of an account holder at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.
It is Desert Schools’ mission to give back to the community through partnerships, volunteer work and by joining forces with non-profit organizations who strive to create better lives for Arizonans.
To commemorate its 75th anniversary in 2014, Desert Schools set a goal of giving $1 million back to the community through its Shine On program, but nearly doubled that figure with a generous $1,750,190 contribution to 27 Valley non-profit programs throughout last year.
To learn more about Desert Schools Federal Credit Union’s Community Service Scholarships, including a downloadable application, guidelines and requirements, please visit www.desertschools.org/scholarship or contact Emma Garcia at Emma.Garcia@desertschools.org for additional information.
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