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, 2017 - February 5, 2018: Essay and video applications are accepted
  • February - March, 2018: Essays are evaluated and scored by CMCU Scholarship Committee
  • March 24, 2018: Winners are announced at the CMCU 79th Annual Meeting
  • Late March - Early April: Winners will be contacted by mail


Congratulations to the following $1,000 Video Scholarship Winners:

  • Katrina Andrusick, Cold Spring
  • John Brang, Sauk Centre
  • Kyle Felling, Belgrade
  • Bryce Gruber, Paynesville
  • Samantha Hamel, Plymouth
  • Anna Haynes, Albany
  • Andrew Johnson, Melrose
  • Henry Keskitalo, Ottertail
  • Leanna Laing, Avon
  • Rena Nietfeld, Lakeville
  • Jacob Pederson, New York Mills
  • Daemon Pierskalla, Avon
  • Paul Pundsack, Freeport
  • Anne Stalboerger, Cold Spring
  • John Towner, Sauk Centre

Congratulations to the following $500 Essay Scholarship Winners:

  • Hailey Enneking, Melrose
  • Elisha Fuchs, Melrose
  • Zachary Jensen, Fargo
  • Ashley Miller, Paynesville
  • Aerajean Moscho, Cold Spring
  • Kassidy Steinbach, New York Mills

Minnesota Family Involvement Council

Offering $10,000 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.

2018 Video $1,000 Scholarship (15 available)

 In  a 30-60 second video, explain:
"What are the most critical issues or problems your generation faces? How do you think they can be solved?”

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) 2018 CMCU Scholar"
  • Fill out the application below
  • Paste your video link in the specified field

2018 Essay $500 Scholarship (6 available)

In 500 words or less, explain:
"What are the most critical issues or problems your generation faces? How do you think they can be solved?"

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.

The 2018 application is now closed. Winners are listed above.
Please check back November 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 scholarship application.

Disbursements of Funds & Accountability

The recipient is responsible for providing CMCU with their 2018 Fall transcript, showing the official grades and proof of registration for Spring 2019 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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