Applications for 19 Individual $2,500 Scholarships plus a $5,000 Opportunity Scholarship are Being Accepted through March 31
SELCO Community Credit Union is once again inviting high school seniors to apply for a share of $52,500 in college scholarships as part of SELCO’s annual scholarship program. SELCO will award $2,500 scholarships to 19 high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university, plus the $5,000 Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in education, leadership or civic responsibility despite adversity or lack of resources.
The Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship was created in honor of Richard Metzler, who served more than 30 years as a director and supervisor of special education in Springfield Public Schools — and more than 40 years as a member of SELCO’s volunteer Board of Directors.
“The SELCO Scholarship program has been going strong for more than 30 years, and the goal has always been the same: to make education more accessible,” said Craig Carpenter, senior vice president of Lending & Business Banking at SELCO. “We believe the cost of an education should never be a barrier to receiving one, and with student loan debt at an all-time high, these scholarships will help lessen the financial burden that students face when taking that next big step.”
Students interested in the SELCO scholarship program can apply from February 1 through March 31.
To qualify for a SELCO Scholarship, applicants must be:
- SELCO members or immediate family members of a SELCO member. A SELCO membership is just $5 and open to anyone who lives or works in one of the 27 Oregon counties SELCO serves.
- Graduating seniors from a four-year accredited high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
As part of the application, scholarship hopefuls are asked to submit an essay that answers the question: “Describe a time when diversity (of ideas, cultures, experiences, etc.) has made you reexamine a belief or viewpoint. Did you change your mind? Why or why not?”
SELCO’s Scholarship Committee will review each application, and funds will be released to scholarship recipients by the end of June. The Richard Metzler Opportunity Scholarship winner will be selected from the same applicant pool.
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