PSECU Scholarships

Make the dream happen. If college is on the horizon, you could win one of six scholarships.
About the Scholarships

As a not-for-profit credit union, we were founded on the belief that everyone deserves opportunities for a better life. We also believe that knowledge increases your earning potential and gives you the power to make the most out of your money. This is why we have a scholarship program that helps graduating high school seniors reduce the financial burden of pursuing postsecondary education.

We offer six scholarships, each up to $8,000, to members graduating high school. Each recipient receives up to $2,000 per year for up to four years, providing scholarship requirements are met.

Since the program began in 1997, more than 100 students have benefited, going on to graduate and begin careers in medicine, education, science, communications, and other disciplines. The program has awarded more than a half million dollars to students embarking on higher education.


Honoring Our Past

Of the six scholarships we award, two are named for people who through word and deed represented the credit union's ideals and commitment to service.

PSECU John J. Marisic Memorial Scholarship - John was a longtime member of the PSECU Board of Directors and served as the Vice Chairman for a period of time. He was an active Board member and was very involved in community events. He was the embodiment of the mission of credit unions to serve the greater good. This scholarship is awarded to the top applicant in honor of John's dedication to PSECU and commitment to improving the community.

PSECU Michael A. Gottshall Memorial Scholarship - Michael was an employee of PSECU for over 12 years. He was known for being giving, genuine, and always putting others before himself. He believed in "living life today" and was often described as someone you were proud to introduce as your friend. This scholarship is awarded to an applicant in honor of Michael's commitment to service before self.


Eligibility Requirements for the 2019 Scholarship

To qualify for one of six $8,000 PSECU scholarships, you must: 

  • Be a current PSECU member (by December 31, 2018)
  • Be a high school senior graduating in spring 2019
  • Plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university
  • Complete the scholarship application by noon on Thursday, February 28, 2019


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you must be a member of PSECU. Individuals with a custodial account are eligible to apply. Please note that joint owners are not considered members. You must be a member by December 31, 2018 to be eligible to apply for the 2019 scholarship.
On the Scholarships page, click "Apply Now" to complete the application. You must be a PSECU member to be eligible to apply. Please note that joint owners are not considered members. This online application is hosted by Survey Monkey Apply. A list of Survey Monkey's supported browsers can be found here. If you experience technical issues using the site, please contact their support team.
All applicants will need to add their high school counselor as a recommender on their applications. This is required so that school counselors can complete the necessary academic information for applicants. 

If you are under 18, applicants will also have to add a parent or legal guardian as a "recommender." This is so that a parent or legal guardian can review and sign off on the application before their child submits it.
If you have submitted a recommendation request and it’s not being received, first ask the recipient to check their spam folder for an email from noreply@smapply.io. If it’s not there, it may be blocked by their email server. Some school districts specifically have strict security settings that block unknown domains. Please have your school counselor check with your school’s IT Department to request that emails from noreply@smapply.io be released to their inbox.
Please contact Sara Weiser with any additional questions at sweiser@psecu.com.
PSECU offers a number of loans that can be used to finance education. You can review all offerings on our website. Click here for more information.
No, the graduating senior must be attending a two- or four-year community college, college or university.
Any PSECU member who is a graduating high school senior and planning on attending a two- or four-year community college, college or university is eligible to apply for a PSECU Scholarship. Please note that joint owners are not automatically PSECU members. An applicant must be a member of PSECU by December 31, 2018 to be eligible to apply for the 2019 scholarship.
The application is usually available by mid-October.
No. The rules must be strictly adhered to by each applicant.
When you submit your application online, you will receive a confirmation email. This serves as confirmation that we have received your application. You can also log into your scholarship application account to verify that your parent (if under 18) and school counselor have submitted their portions of the application.
The winners are notified after the PSECU Board Scholarship Committee makes their selections. The winners are usually selected in April. All applicants are notified as to the outcome of the Board's selections by early May. 
Scoring is based on four parts: Academic Record, Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT), Extracurricular Activities and Awards, and an Essay. The winners are chosen by the PSECU Board Scholarship Committee. Before the PSECU Board Scholarship Committee receives the applications for review, identifying information about each applicant is removed from the applications.
No. The only requirement is that the school is a two- or four-year community college, college or university.
Scholarships are sent in one lump sum ($2,000) to your university once a year after you have submitted the required documents. There are no restrictions placed on these funds. If you need any additional documentation from us regarding your scholarship, contact Sara Weiser (sweiser@psecu.com).

If you need the scholarship funds to be sent to your school by a certain date, be sure to send your required documentation to PSECU well in advance. It can take two to three weeks from the receipt of required documents for your scholarship check to be mailed to your school.
  • Maintain Your Account: You must be a PSECU member in good standing to be eligible to renew your scholarship each year. If you close your account, you will no longer be eligible to receive scholarship money. Switching from a custodial account to a regular account? Please contact PSECU's Financial Education Manager Sara Weiser (sweiser@psecu.com) to ensure there's no delay in disbursement of your scholarship funds.
  • Know the GPA Requirements: GPA Requirements are outlined in the Letter of Responsibility you received when you were notified that you were chosen for a scholarship. Remember that the GPA requirements vary based upon your year of enrollment.
  • Submit Your Documents: Send us updated official transcripts each semester. These must come directly from the school and can be submitted electronically to Sara Weiser (sweiser@psecu.com) or via mail to PSECU Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 67013, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7013. If your transcript includes the courses you're registered for in the following semester, you do not need to send additional proof of enrollment. If your transcript does not show your registered courses in the following semester, you will also need to send a schedule or proof of full-time enrollment.
  • Be Proactive: We will not contact you requesting transcripts or other required scholarship materials. You are responsible for sending all documentation in order for your scholarship to be disbursed. Afraid you'll forget? Set a reminder on your phone or calendar.
  • Keep Us Informed: If you know of anything that may impact your full-time status (i.e. year off or family emergency), contact Sara Weiser (sweiser@psecu.com) so we can work with you to see if/how you can remain eligible for the scholarship.
 

 

2018 PSECU Scholarship Winners

Rebecca Cox
Rebecca Cox 
Falmouth Academy 
Hometown: Falmouth, MA 
Attending: Wellesley College 
 
“I plan on working to understand climate change on a deep and scientific level through research and experimentation. This type of work is crucial so that the knowledge can be passed on to students, who must have knowledge of the critical condition that our planet is in and of what changes need to be made.” 
Christin Ealer
Christin Ealer 
Conestoga High School 
Hometown: Devon, PA 
Attending: Dartmouth College 
 
“Low voter participation is a nationwide problem… it would best be addressed on a national scale. Over the next couple of months, I will be serving as an ambassador to hundreds of other schools. Our goal is to train other students so that they can run their own drives at their own high schools.” 
Michael Pirrall
Michael Pirrall 
Pope John Paull II High School 
Hometown: Schwenksville, PA 
Attending: University of Rochester 
 
“As a prospective computer scientist, I hope to make a difference in the world of cybersecurity. My hope is that, through my education and future career, I will be able to contribute to systems aimed at protecting against and apprehending hackers.” 
Nathan Sullivan
Nathan Sullivan 
Saint Joseph High School 
Hometown: Tarentum, PA 
Attending: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
 
“If the average person is able to utilize their money a little more wisely, the world could be that much better. I look forward to growing in my passions for mathematics so I can share what I have learned with the broader community and build up the world around us!” 

2018 PSECU John J. Marisic Memorial
Scholarship Winner

Grace Bechtel
Grace Bechtel 
Cumberland Valley High School 
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA 
Attending: Princeton University 
 
“Recently, I was admitted to Princeton University, where I plan to study science and engineering… With Princeton’s focus on undergraduate research, I now have a realistic opportunity to be a part of efforts to help solve one of the world’s most difficult problems – and that is exactly what I plan to do.”

2018 PSECU Michael A. Gottshall Memorial
Scholarship Winner

Brady Klinger
Brady Klinger 
Williams Valley Junior Senior High School 
Hometown: Williamstown, PA 
Attending: The Pennsylvania State University 
 
“Disaster relief needs to be an ongoing platform so that we are better prepared and can get in front of a disaster instead of playing catch up after it occurs. I believe that by pursuing an engineering degree, I have the ability to help make relief come quicker and at a lower cost.” 

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