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Scholarships and Grants

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. Find an opportunity below to apply:

Opportunities for High School Seniors

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
  • Documented proof of 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.

Application period has ended. Please check back later.

Opportunities for Undergrad & Graduate Students

Opportunities for Community College Students

Opportunities for Educators & High School Administrators

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 scholarships@mynefcu.org.