Apply now for 2021 scholarships January 19, 2021 Nominations are open for multiple scholarships sponsored by Community First Credit Union to help graduating high school seniors and technical college students (any age) follow their educational dreams. Leadership in Volunteering Any graduating high school senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and passion as a volunteer and promoter of volunteer opportunities in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago County can be nominated for the Youth Scholarship Award. It includes a $1,500 scholarship and $1,000 for the recipient’s chosen Fox Valley charity. Follow this link to learn more and find a nomination form to submit a worthy 2021 high school graduate for consideration by Feb 5! Nominees can be recognized for exceptional leadership and promotion of volunteer work through a single act of volunteerism or a number of volunteer efforts. The 2020 Youth Scholarship Award recipient, Justice Moore of Kimberly, was honored for her leadership in the Kimberly High School Key Club, a student-led service group that is part of the Darboy Kiwanis Club. Since the annual Celebrating Volunteers recognition began in 1998, sponsors like Community First have given more than $700,000 to local charities selected by these special award recipients. $500 FVTC spring scholarship Since 2004, Community First has been sponsoring $500 scholarships each Spring and Fall semester to deserving applicants who are high school seniors, adult learners or current FVTC students. Applications for the spring scholarship are due March 10. Brielle Hastings, 23, Appleton, was awarded the Fall $500 FVTC Community First scholarship to assist her pursuit of an associate degree in business management. “The scholarship will help me get through my last semester of college with less worry and allow me to focus more of my time on school work,” said Brielle. She worked for a year as a dental sterilization technician and aspires to work at a pediatric dental office where she would help “transform the experience for kids. I would like to own my own business someday,” Brielle added. FVTC received 790 scholarship applications last fall and awarded 326 scholarships, including the Community First $500 scholarship. Credit union scholarships The Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions (GFCCCU) are again offering three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in higher education opportunities next fall. Community First is one of 14 area credit unions that co-sponsor the three scholarships for graduating seniors who are credit union members. A written essay and details about the student’s community service activities are required. The deadline to apply is March 31. Find the scholarship rules/criteria and an application form here. Winners will be notified by April 13 and the scholarships will be presented virtually during the GFCCCU chapter meeting on April 27. The 2020 chapter scholarship recipients were: Olivia Asare (Appleton North High School), Stephanie Kiel (Wrightstown High School) and Caragan Olles (Notre Dame Academy). Participating chapter credit unions include: Badger Globe, Capital, Community First, CONE, Co-Vantage, Evergreen, Fox Communities, Health Care, PCM, Prospera, Thrivent Federal, Unison, Verve and Winnebago Community credit unions.