CMCU Scholarships

CMCU is offering $18,000 in scholarships to eligible members.

We are excited to once again be offering scholarships to our members! CMCU has helped students pay for their education for over a decade with scholarship money. Credit unions return profits back to the members in many ways, this scholarship program is a great way for members to benefit from having an account with CMCU!


  • Be a member of CMCU
  • Be planning to attend an accredited college or university, or a two to four year community, vocational or technical college. All eligible schools must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Be a full-time or part-time student at the school that you are planning to attend (can be traditional or non-traditional).
  • Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of a CMCU scholarship.


  • November 1, 2018 - February 3, 2019: Essay and video applications are accepted
  • February - March, 2019: Essays are evaluated and scored by CMCU Scholarship Committee
  • March 26, 2019: Winners are announced at the CMCU 80th Annual Meeting
  • Late March - Early April: Winners will be contacted by mail
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Minnesota Family Involvement Council

Offering $12,000 in scholarships to eligible credit union members.

Minnesota Family Involvement Council

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Applicant may submit a video ($1,000) and an essay ($500) in one application but will only be eligible to win one scholarship.

2019 Video $1,000 Scholarship (15 available)

 In  a 30-60 second video, explain:
"Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.”

Videos will be judged on creativity, originality and the ability to deliver an impacting message.

To apply for the video scholarship, you must:

  • Upload your video to YouTube
  • Set your privacy settings on the video to "Public" so the CMCU Scholarship Committee is able to view
  • Title the video: "(Your first and last name) 2019 CMCU Scholar"
  • Fill out the application below
  • Paste your video link in the specified field

2019 Essay $500 Scholarship (6 available)

In 500 words or less, explain:
"Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school."

Essays will be judged on originality, providing supporting statements, and the ability to deliver an impacting message.

To apply for the essay scholarship, fill out the application below and paste your essay into the specified field.


Thank you for your interest in the CMCU Scholarship Program. The applications are currently closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Please check back in November 2019 for the following school year's scholarship application.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 - 2020 school year scholarship recipients!

$1,000 Video Scholarship Winners:

Jacquelyn Hoeft, Paynesville Area High School
Kallie Linn, Albany High School
Marissa Gerads, Holdingford High School
Tamara Weyer, Holdingford High School
Eric Johnson, Paynesville Area High School
Holly Hellermann, Melrose Area High School
Courtney Sand, ROCORI High School
Maggie O'Donnell, Cathedral High School
Brady Bauck, New York Mills High School
Jacob Bertram, Paynesville Area High School
Dylan Notsch, Sartell High School
Jessa Mueller, Melrose Area High School
Kody Bertram, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School
Jaimie Schreifels, Monticello High School
Amanda Kollodge, Albany High School

$500 Essay Scholarship Winners:

Breanna Dragseth, Melrose Area High School
Hannah Barthel, New York Mills High School
Caitlyn Douvier, Upsala High School
Preston Poepping, Melrose Area High School
Morgan Herzog, Osakis High School
Kirsten Kampsen, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School

* Winners are not listed in any particular order

Disbursements of Funds & Accountability

The recipient is responsible for providing CMCU with their 2019 Fall transcript, showing the official grades and proof of registration for Spring 2020 to receive scholarship payment. Recipients must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale, or equivalent of a “C” average in order to receive their funds. Must be redeemed from CMCU by May 31 of the qualifying school year. If any questions contact us at 888.330.8482 or

Financial need is not considered in the selection of the scholarship money. Employees and immediate family members of CMCU employees are not eligible to enter. Transcripts and letters of recommendation sent with the application will not be considered. Video entries must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, and libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, sexual, profane, indecent, slanderous, and discriminatory in any way.

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