Scholarship History

The principle of “people helping people” is deeply embedded in our credit union’s history. We strive to make a positive difference in our members’ lives and in the communities we serve. In this spirit, we have developed a scholarship awards program to support the educational endeavors of our members. Advantis is offering outstanding students of all ages scholarship awards of $1,000 or more to help them achieve a college education.

We grant both merit and need-based scholarships in the following categories:

  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Adult Learners returning to school after significant time away

The Advantis Scholarship Program is administered by the Scholarship Committee of the Advantis Credit Union Board of Directors.



Eligibility Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an Advantis scholarship:

  1.  You must be an Advantis Credit Union member (or child / grandchild of a member) in good standing for a minimum of 6 months.
  2.  You must be enrolled (or completed the application process) for a minimum of 12 credit hours at a college or university.
  3.  Your accumulated grade point average must be 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  4.  Be able to follow and complete all the application instructions by the specified deadline.

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Questions? Contact Jen McMurray, Executive Assistant at jmcmurray@advantiscu.org.

Please note: All of the information you provide is for the purpose of scholarship selection and will remain confidential.



Application Instructions

We’ve gone paperless! Our scholarship application process is completed online through a secure form. Listed below are the items you will be required to submit. You will need to complete the online form in one sitting, so please have all of the information and attachments ready when you begin the application.

  1. Application. Complete the online application form by following the link below. You will be asked for your contact information, schools attended, GPA, extracurricular activities, Advantis member number, length of membership, and a copy of your FAFSA EFC confirmation page if you will be applying for a financial-need based scholarship.

  2. Personal Essay. After familiarizing yourself with the content of our website (www.advantiscu.org), please complete and attach an essay—typed in 11pt font, single-spaced and no more than one page in length.
    • Essay Prompt: Why is financial literacy important to you (as a student or as you establish a career)? How would you explain the difference and benefits of Advantis Credit Union to your friends and family in comparison to regular (conventional) banking?
    • In addition to the above, applicants are welcome, though not required, to provide compelling information to consider regarding your individual educational experience, explaining any impacts to your GPA.

  3. Transcript(s). Obtain a copy of your most recent school transcript(s) showing the total cumulative GPA (unofficial is acceptable).
    • High School Seniors: Include high school transcript.
    • College Freshmen: Include high school & current college transcripts.
    • College Sophomores & higher: Include all college transcripts.
    • Note: If your most recent transcripts are more than three years old, please provide a resume in addition to your most recent transcript(s).

  4. Letters of Recommendation.
    • High School through Undergraduate Applicants: Provide two letters of recommendation— at least one from a teacher or school advisor on official school letterhead. The second letter can be from a coach, pastor, club or community service leader.
    • Graduate Students: (1) academic reference plus (1) letter from employers, supervisors, academic counselors or other community members.
    • Adult Learners: Both letters can be from employers, supervisors, academic counselors or other community members.

      Please note: If your recommenders feel more comfortable sending their letters to Advantis directly, please ask them to email their letters to Jen McMurray at jmcmurray@advantiscu.org, noting “Advantis Scholarship + (Your Name)” in the email’s subject line.

  5. Financial Information.

    Need-based scholarship: You are required to attach a copy of your FAFSA on the Web confirmation page showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

    Merit-based scholarship:
    FAFSA documentation is not required.

    Please Note: The Advantis Credit Union Scholarship Committee considers the FAFSA EFC  as an indication of financial need.  Only applicants who submit the FAFSA will be considered for Need-based scholarships.


Award Notification & Payment

All applicants will be notified whether they are a winner by early April 2017. Scholarship disbursements will be made to winners after students provide Advantis with current proof of enrollment.

All application materials must be received by Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Questions? Contact Jen McMurray, Executive Assistant at jmcmurray@advantiscu.org.



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