The scholarship application period for the 2020-2021 school year begins April 6, 2020. Deadline for applications is May 25, 2020.
Don't let the media fool you, school is cool. It's even cooler when you get free money towards tuition, books, and living expenses. We know that school isn’t cheap, but we also know that higher education is one of the ways we’re going
to build a better future for our state. That’s why we have created a scholarship program to give New Mexico students the opportunity to open the door to more opportunities. Apply for one of our three available scholarships, each valued at $2,000.
Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but can only be awarded one scholarship per year. To be eligible, students must have plans to enroll in the fall of 2020 in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or in a full-time trade/vocational school. Full-time undergraduate students already enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or trade/vocational school are also eligible. Students must agree to the use of their name and photograph for publication by U.S. Eagle relating to this program. Applicants must be members, or relative of a current member at U.S. Eagle. Employees, volunteers, and immediate family members of employees at U.S. Eagle are not eligible.
- Completed Application
- Video or essay expanding on selected scholarship category
- Parent/Guardian Release (if applicant is under the age of 18)
- Applicant must be a member of U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union or a relative of a member
Scholarship submissions will be judged on the following:
- Purpose: Does the submission fulfill its mission?
- Creativity: Is the solution original and unique?
- Clarity: Is the direction and vision easy to understand?
- Efficacy: Do the proposed resources make sense, and do they appear efficient and effective?
- Understanding: Does the approach offer a solution to the issue?
- Sustainability: Does the solution provide a sustainable response to the issue?
Extracurricular activities, honors, awards, community service, employment, and internships may be considered for tiebreakers.
1. Vigil Bullying Prevention
The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, nationwide, about 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying (www.topbullying.org). Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Youth, adults, at school, at work, and can occur online, verbally, socially, and physically. Pick a demographic or age group to create an online-digital curriculum focusing on educating about bullying and the effects it has. Digital submissions can be in the form of video, podcast, web page, etc.
- Classroom curriculum to be taught in public schools
- Parent Podcast
- Phone Application
Please prepare a digital submission in the format of your choice and submit with a brief paragraph explaining the area and age group you plan to address.
2. Build a Branch
New Mexico covers 121,356 square miles, with an estimated population of 2,095,428 people – 686,089 living in rural New Mexico (USDA-ERS). Theses rural areas face struggles related to demographic changes, land use and environment, workforce development, capital access, infrastructure, health, and community preservation. These challenges make individuals in rural areas more likely to fall victim to predatory lending practices like payday or title loans. Your task is to identify a rural New Mexico community (by definition of the U.S. Census https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/guidance/geo-areas/urban-rural.html ) with two or less financial institutions. Build a Credit Union Branch in this community to provide access to products and resources. Your budget is $1M. Consider the following in your essay:
- What services and products do you offer?
- What marketing strategies can you use?
- How do you gain trust in your community and stand out?
- How do you handle staffing challenges due to the low population?
- You completed your plan and realized you went over the budget. What measures do you take to cut costs?
3. Student Life Challenges
Student Loans, scholarship applications, FAFSA, deadlines, and the outrageous cost for student housing are only a few struggles college students endure while working on earning their degree. We want to learn about your struggles, what motivates you, and
what perhaps creative measures do you take to overcome these? What do you advise to other students who find themselves struggling? Write an essay, create a podcast, or video—time to get creative.