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Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) will establish and fund an annual scholarship for $1000 to be awarded by each credit union branch in CA, IL, WA, and WI.

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To provide financial assistance to those who have committed to improving their lives and their community by furthering their education.   



Those who have been accepted to attend or are attending any post-secondary educational institution will be eligible.  Eligible institutions include universities, colleges, technical schools, trade, and vocational institutions.

Self-Help employees and board members and their family members are not eligible to apply. A “family member” is a person's spouse, parents, siblings, children, and life partner; the parents, siblings and children of a person’s spouse or life partner; and anyone living within the person's household as a family member.


Application Process

All applicants must submit a completed scholarship application by the deadline date.

  • Application deadline: March 31, 2024, at 11:59:59 PM PDT
  • Applicants are eligible for (1) SHFCU Community Scholarship

Scholarship Amount

The amount to be awarded is $1000 from the San Joaquin County Branches. 

About the Selection Process

A selection committee of no less than three Self-Help staff members will review each application. The committee will meet as soon as possible after the application deadline to review and assess all applications. The recipient will be notified by the local branch staff upon selection.  


Distribution of Award

The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient’s school. The funds may be used for tuition, room, board, books, or materials.  A letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment is required from the selected scholarship recipient before funds can be awarded.