Local High School Scholarship Program

We’re pleased to announce our 2017-2018 High School Scholarships winners!

We thank all of the students that took the time to submit short essays to answer this year’s essay question:

“According to the Wall Street Journal, 42% of college freshman say they are ill-prepared to manage their finances. What are some things you can do over the next few years to ensure you are ready to manage your own finances?”

Each of the following students will be awarded with a $1,500 scholarship to be applied to their tuition expenses for either a two or four-year undergraduate degree in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

The Credit Union’s 2018-2019 High School Scholarship Program will be announced on our website this coming August. Please check back for details.


Jacklyn H.
High School: Rappahannock County
College: Blue Ridge Community College
"I am very frugal and cautious when it comes to managing my finances. I feel that it is vital to have a strong comprehension of handling finances in order to be financially stable."
Hannah G.
High School: Orange County
College: Piedmont Virginia Community College
"Being disciplined with money, to me, is one of the most important things that I can train myself to do."
Rosie G.
High School: Nelson County
College: Mary Baldwin or Lynchburg
"Similar to sports, I will learn the rules, practice the skills, create a game plan, and start my adult life out on a good note."
Lucas J.
High School: Monticello
College: Bowdoin College
"Living within one’s means is the center to any financial security, and I fully intend to avoid unnecessary purchase, eliminate and avoid debt, and constantly evaluate my expenses so that I will not be beholden to debt payments."
Tymeka F.
High School: William Monroe
College: Undecided
"By listening to my parents and to the sound advice from the credit union staff, where I bank, I continually learn about the value of a dollar, and how to save and invest in the right type of account to maximize my efforts."
Amelia R.
High School: Madison County
College: University of Virginia
"I can make a realistic budget for myself and keep a spending log. That budget will include regular expense, like groceries or bills, and savings for unexpected expenses, like an emergency fund."
Rachel A.
High School: Liberty
College: Undecided
"I feel that I am prepared to manage my finances and I credit the help that I received from my parents who are business owners and my high school personal finance teacher."
Sang Dai
High School: Kettle Run
College: George Mason University
"Ever since I was a kid I was always interested in the concept of money. The younger me thought it was incredible that pieces of paper could be traded for toys, food, and clothes. It was fascinating to see how money could control everything in society."
Kyle B.
High School: Fauquier
College: Virginia Tech
"During my four years in college, I plan to absorb as much information as I can about business and finances. These courses will help prepare me to have financial responsibilities that relate to both my personal and professional life after graduating college."
Jacob W.
High School: Culpeper County
College: University of Virginia
"When I start working, I will pay myself first and save a percentage of my paycheck. It’s important to have these savings for emergencies or unanticipated expenses."
Caitlin W.
High School: Eastern View
College: University Mary Washington
"The realization that I am now responsible for my own financial success is super scary and my parents have told me how every choice can have lifelong consequences…which adds to the scariness of becoming an adult."
Elihud M.
High School: Charlottesville
College: Piedmont Virginia Community College
"The first thing that one can do to be successful in life is set up a goal. Knowing where you want to be at the end will push you toward reaching your goals."
Samuel M.
High School: Albemarle
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
"I learned how to create a monthly budget and this has helped me to set aside the money that I need to save every month and spend only on things that I need."
Gage S.
High School: Fluvanna County
College: Virginia Tech
"In eleventh grade I took a class called Economics and Personal Finance. By the second week I knew I was going to absolutely love this class. I received an A in the class, but more importantly, this class got me excited about finances."
Arianna P.
High School: Louisa County
College: Undecided
"College freshmen tend to overlook the expenses of dorms and high priced food when enrolling in the college of their choice. They don’t live within their means now so they can enjoy luxurious things later."
Khalia C.
High School: Western Albemarle
College: Christopher Newport University
"With college comes freedom. With freedom comes responsibility. With responsibility comes debt. This is because a lot of adolescents rush off to college or into purchasing a home of their own and have not yet acquired the financial management skills."
Elizabeth G.
High School: Murray
College: Virginia Commonwealth University




Additional College Planning Resources

It’s a Money Thing: Fun online financial education for young adults, sponsored by UVA Community Credit Union.  If you love the wacky adult cartoons currently on television, you’ll love this educational and comical resource.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Private Student Loans: Help bridge the gap between federal loans and the cost of your education expenses

Student Loan Calculator and Interest Rates

College Board: SAT preparation and registration

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: Free tools to help you make major financial decisions

Fastweb: Provides scholarship information to help you find ways to pay for school

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