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Local High School Scholarship Program

We’re pleased to announce our 2018-2019 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:

Name a money habit you want to create and a money habit you want to break. How do you plan on putting these habits into action?"

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 2019-2020 academic year.

The Credit Union’s 2019-2020 High School Scholarship Program will be announced on our website this coming August. Please check back for details.


Brett M.
High School: Rappahannock County
College: Mount St. Mary's University
Planned Major: Elementary Education

"The earlier I save and invest, the better my financial future will look."
Allison T.
High School: Orange County
College: Piedmont Community College
Planned Major: Radiology/Nursing

"…I am determined to complete my education, learn to manage my money, and plan for my future."
Hannah C.
High School: Nelson County
College: Radford University
Planned Major: Fashion and Interior Design

"I want (to spend money on) many things, but my education is definitely first."
Tysia L.
High School: Monticello
College: Virginia Commonwealth University
Planned Major: Mass Communications

"I want to spend money efficiently and smartly to help achieve my biggest goals in life…"
Desraeli M.
High School: William Monroe
College: Virginia Tech
Planned Major: Biology/Wildlife Conservation/Pre Vet

"By working as much as I can, I can bring in some extra money and create the habit of working hard to save up."
Zachary M.
High School: Madison County
College: Liberty University
Planned Major: Sports Management

"…gaining control of your money at a young age can help pave the pathway to a successful future."
Sierra H.
High School: Liberty
College: University of Mary Washington
Planned Major: Elementary Education

"I would like to grow my savings, so I am going to pay myself first."
Christopher M.
High School: Kettle Run
College: George Mason University
Planned Major: Economics

"When making purchases, no matter how small, it is always good practice to do research on the product in question."
Alice C.
High School: Fauquier
College: Brigham Young University
Planned Major: Undecided

"By forgoing a few fast food meals, I can afford to take a small trip or go out with friends."
Deshawn L.
High School: Culpeper County
College: James Madison University
Planned Major: International Business

"My family, most notably my grandfather, has taught me the difference between needs vs. wants."
Morgan T.
High School: Eastern View
College: Eastern Mennonite University
Planned Major: Nursing

"I want to break the habit of wanting to buy things right away, and I want to create a habit of saving money."
Weedor K.
High School: Charlottesville
College: Piedmont Virginia Community College
Planned Major: Nursing

"A money habit I would like to create is budgeting."
Jesse D.
High School: Albemarle
College: Georgia Institute of Technology
Planned Major: Computer Science

"Money is a valuable and scarce resource, so making sure I know where my money is going should be very important."
Syerra M.
High School: Fluvanna County
College: University of Virginia
Planned Major: Biology

"Building up my savings account would be the first step to developing a college fund and ensure that I use what I have left responsibly…"
Megan H.
High School: Louisa County
College: Piedmont Virginia Community College
Planned Major: Biology

"Budgeting is essential to consistently meeting financial goals."
Henry T.
High School: Western Albemarle
College: Virginia Tech or Old Dominion
Planned Major: Engineering

"On my balance sheets I track all of the purchases I make each month, and all the money I earn."
Alex A.
High School: Murray
College: Sweet Briar College
Planned Major: Pre Vet

"A money habit I want to create is becoming better at saving money for my future."
Mariah P.
High School: St. Anne's-Belfield School
College: Christopher Newport University
Planned Major: Psychology

"I plan on creating a budget for myself, keeping track of how much expenses are, how much I want to use for fun, and using the rest to save."

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

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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