Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.  To help, the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is providing opportunities for members to offset the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Paying for college or trade school usually means taking on large amounts of student loan debt.

 

To help, the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition is providing opportunities for members to offset the ever-increasing cost of higher education.  This year’s competition is now underway with a total of $10,000 in scholarships available to Ascentra members planning to further their education starting the 2018 – 2019 school year.

 

The ten scholarships are awarded to students as follows:

 

  • Five $1,000 scholarships for high school students planning to enter college

 

  • Five $1,000 scholarships for members age 19 or over, considered non-traditional or continuing education students

 

“Scholarships offer a great opportunity for students to graduate with little or no student loan debt,” said Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen.  “This could potentially save them hundreds of dollars per month in loan payments at a time when they are starting out their lives and could really use that money for other things.”

 

The scholarship entrants will be judged on a 500-word essay on the topic, “What does my credit union membership mean to me?” 

 

All entries are judged on their essay, resume, awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer services and work experience.  Deadline for the Ascentra Scholarship Competition is March 3, 2018. 

 

Applications and official rules may be picked up at any Ascentra branches or found online at www.ascentra.org/scholarships. There members can find information on other scholarships. Awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarships is another way Ascentra Credit Union recognizes that financial planning and education is essential to lifetime success for its members and the community.

 

 

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