Scholarship Program

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Empowering Tomorrow for Over 15 Years

We know that furthering your education can open doors and provide for a brighter future. At the SECU MD Foundation, we don’t believe cost should be a barrier to pursuing your higher education dreams. That’s why for over 15 years, we’ve proudly awarded scholarships to give members the opportunity to become tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, skilled craftsmen, and many other professions that make our world a better place. Since the program’s inception, we’ve awarded over $700,000 to more than 250 scholars.

In celebration of the program’s 15 year anniversary, the SECU MD Foundation is awarding $115,000 in scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. We are also sharing stories from previous scholarship recipients to inspire you.

2021 Scholarship Program Details

Applications for the 2021 Scholarship Program will be accepted from February 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021. The application includes a 500 – 750 word essay on the following prompt:

The definition of a change agent is someone who takes an active role in transforming themselves, their peers, their organizations, and their local communities to create a positive, productive, and sustainable future. They are thought of as a catalyst for change in the way things are done or the way ideas are viewed. They are someone who inspires and influences others. What qualities do you think make for a successful change agent? What does it mean to be a change agent in the community?

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a SECU member in good standing. Parental SECU membership does not qualify an applicant for the Scholarship Program. Learn more about becoming a member.
  • Applicants must be attending a 2 or 4-year college, university, trade, or technical school for the fall 2021 semester for either undergraduate or post-graduate work.
  • Application must be completed by the student seeking scholarship funds. Parents cannot apply on behalf of their children.

All scholarship materials must be received by the SECU MD Foundation by 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2021.

Apply today, and be empowered to pursue your dreams for tomorrow.


Click here to review the full list of Terms and Conditions.

Scholarship Program FAQs

Q. I am a SECU member, but my child is not currently a member. Is my child still eligible to apply?

A. All applicants must be a SECU member to apply. If your child needs to open their SECU account, please visit our SECU website for more information about how to open an account or make an appointment with your closest Financial Center.

Q. How do I apply for a scholarship and what do I need to submit?

A. All applicants will need to fill out the SECU MD Foundation Scholarship Application. Applicants will need to create an account on the SM Apply Platform and will be asked to write a 500 – 750 word essay on the essay prompt above.

Q. When will I be notified if I have been selected for a scholarship?

A. All applicants will be notified of the status of their scholarship application by mid-June 2021.

Q. How much money is awarded to scholarship recipients?

A. The amount awarded for scholarships changes each year, but generally award amounts are in the $2,000 – $5,000 range. This year in honor of the Scholarship Program’s 15th anniversary, we will be awarding a total of $115,000.

Q. Is there any way I can support the Scholarship Program?

A. This Scholarship Program is made possible through contributions from generous donors who believe in empowering access to education. If you would like to support this program, we invite you to make a donation or volunteer to review scholarship applications.

Q. Who should I contact if I have questions?

A. Please send an email to the SECU MD Foundation regarding all scholarship inquiries.

Past Scholarship Recipients

2020 Scholarship Winners