NEFCU Scholarships & Grant Opportunities

NEFCU is committed to supporting our local communities. That’s why we have awarded over one million dollars in scholarship and grant programs to support educational endeavors. We offer programs targeted at high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate college students, as well as educators and school administrators.

Select one of the following opportunities to apply:

High School Undergrad & Graduate Community College Educators

Opportunities for High School Seniors

Making a Difference Family Scholarship

Application Period: February 25, 2017 - May 1, 2017

The Making a Difference Family Scholarship provides up to twelve (12) $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties here on Long Island.

Application Requirements

  • Completed essay on assigned topic (the essay topic is available on the application page)
  • Unofficial school transcript
  • Documented proof of fifty (50) hours of community service (single events such as community/charitable walks do not count)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must have a four year overall high school GPA of 90 or above
  • Student must complete fifty (50) hours of community service

Deadline

  • April 29, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Only one scholarship type awarded per student
  • Scholarship winners are eligible for the Making a Difference Premier Scholarship
  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline
  • If chosen as a winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit.


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Making a Difference Premier Scholarship

Application Period: May 15, 2017 - July 15, 2017

The Making a Difference Premier Scholarship awards one (1) $20,000 scholarship paid out over four years.

Application Requirements

  • Completed essay on assigned topic (the essay topic is available on the application page)
  • Unofficial school transcript
  • Student must complete fifty (50) hours of community service

Eligibility Requirements

  • This scholarship is only offered to winners of our Making a Difference Family Scholarship and Making a Difference High School Scholarship
  • The student applicant must be a member and/or have a parent/guardian who is a NEFCU member to be an eligible candidate. (if chosen as winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit)
  • Student must have a four year overall high school GPA of 90 or above

Deadline

  • July 15, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Only one scholarship type awarded per student
  • Winning student is required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 each year to receive scholarship
  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline

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Opportunities for Undergrad & Graduate Students

Making a Difference College Scholarship

Application Period: October 3, 2016 - March 15, 2017

The Making a Difference College Scholarship provides five (5) $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university for a Bachelor’s Degree or a Graduate Program for a Master’s Degree.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Completed essay on assigned topic (the essay topic is available on the application page)
  • Unofficial school transcript (student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5)
  • Resume

Eligibility Requirements

  • The student applicant must be a member or the applicant must have a parent/guardian who is a NEFCU member to be an eligible candidate (An account can be opened with a simple $5 deposit, and can even be completed online. If chosen as a winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit)

Deadline

  • March 15, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Only one scholarship type awarded per student
  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline


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Opportunities for Community College Students

Making a Difference Community College Scholarship

Application Period: October 3, 2016 - March 15, 2017

The Making a Difference Community College Scholarship provides five (5) $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an accredited community college.

Application Requirements

  • Complete online application form
  • Completed essay on assigned topic (the essay topic is available on the application page)
  • Unofficial school transcript (student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Resume

Eligibility Requirements

  • The student applicant must be a member or the applicant must have a parent/guardian who is a NEFCU member to be an eligible candidate (An account can be opened with a simple $5 deposit, and can even be completed online. If chosen as a winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit)

Deadline

  • March 15, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Only one scholarship type awarded per student
  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline


Application period has ended. Please check back later.

Opportunities for Educators & High School Administrators

Funding Your Ideas (FYI) Teacher Grants

Application Period: January 5, 2017 - October 31, 2017

The Funding Your Ideas (FYI) Teacher Grants offer teachers and educators a grant award up to $250 to develop innovative classroom projects.

Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to teachers instructing from pre-K through 12th grade in Nassau or Suffolk County (includes private, public, or parochial schools)
  • Teacher applicants must be a NEFCU member to be an eligible candidate. (An account can be opened with a simple $5 deposit, and can even be completed online. If chosen as a winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit)

Deadline

  • October 31, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline

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Make a Difference High School Scholarship

Application Period: February 25, 2017 - May 16, 2017

The Making a Difference High School Scholarship provides High School Administrators throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island the opportunity to nominate one student from their high school for a $500 scholarship. Interested students may contact his/her Guidance Counselor regarding their High School's participation.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations must be made by the Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor, or Director of Guidance
  • One nomination per school
  • Nominee must be a graduating High School Senior with intentions of attending a two-year or four-year college/university
  • Nominee must have a minimum four-year overall average of 90% with a demonstration of strong community service

Additional Criteria

  • Students and parents are not eligible to apply
  • Open to all Long Island High Schools, except the townships of Shelter Island, East Hampton, and South Hampton
  • If chosen as a winner, the winner will require NEFCU membership to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit (NEFCU membership can be attained with a simple $5 deposit, and can even be completed online. If chosen as a winner, the winner will require an account to receive the awarded money in the form of a direct deposit)

Deadline

  • May 16, 2017

Additional Notes:

  • Only one student per school should be nominated
  • Scholarship winners are eligible for the Making a Difference Premier Scholarship
  • Winners will be announced 6-8 weeks following the application deadline

For questions regarding this program, please email [email protected]

NEFCU's Making a Difference Premier Scholarship- Valerie Garguilo

We're proud to support our community through our Making a Difference Premier Scholarship: http://bit.ly/1h7NquT #NEFCUmmunity

Posted by NEFCU on Wednesday, November 4, 2015


NEFCU 2015 Making a Difference Premier Scholarship - Meagan Ll...

"A little bit goes a long way when it comes to paying for college." - Meagan Lloyst Making a Difference Premier Scholarship: http://bit.ly/1h7NquT

Posted by NEFCU on Tuesday, October 27, 2015


NEFCU's 2014 Premier Scholarship Winner - Kelsey

We're committed to supporting our local communities through scholarships and grants. Hear from one of our previous scholarship winners! http://bit.ly/1XkbxXv

Posted by NEFCU on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Disclosure: By submitting an application, you further release NEFCU from any responsibility or liability for damages, losses, or injury resulting from acceptance, or use of grant, in the event you are selected as a winner. In addition, you also grant NEFCU permission to use and advertise your name and picture as a winner without additional compensation. All application materials must be submitted electronically. Only one scholarship award per student. Upon selection, winners will be requested to submit an official transcript to receive their award. Please note: NEFCU employees, family members, and its affiliates are not permitted to apply for NEFCU scholarships.