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Education with the eagle

Applications will be accepted from March 8th – April 16th.

Winners Announced on May 12, 2021 at US Eagle's Annual Meeting.


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 2021 in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the state of New Mexico, 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 US Eagle relating to this program. Applicants must be members, or relative of a current member at US Eagle. Employees, volunteers, and immediate family members of employees at US 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 US Eagle Federal Credit Union or a relative of a member
  • Recipients must be present at US Eagle’s Virtual Annual Meeting on May 12, 2021, when the awardees will be announced.

Judging Criteria:

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. 


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 to 18 experienced bullying (source: 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 its effects. Digital submissions can be in the form of video, podcast, webpage, etc.  

Examples: Classroom curriculum to be taught in public schools 

  • Parent Podcast (2-5 minutes)
  • Video (2-5 minutes)
  • Webinar 
  • Phone Application  

Please prepare a digital submission in your chosen format and submit a brief explanation describing your approach and  age group you plan to address. 


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 with two or less financial institutions. Build a Credit Union Branch in this community to provide financial products and resources to help the residents reach heir financial goals. Consider the following in your essay: 

a. What financial products and services will you offer?  
b. What marketing strategies can you use?  
c. How do you gain trust in your community and stand out? 
d. How do you handle staffing challenges due to the low population? 
e. You completed your plan and realized that you went over budget. What measures can you take to reduce costs or increase revenue to remain within budget? How does this impact strategies you developed for items a through d above?  


Show us your SOUL

US Eagle believes that by adding SOUL - Sincerity, Objectivity, Urgency, Learning – and simplicity to the financial experience, we will create fiercely loyal members, deeply engaged employees, and thriving communities. That is our vision. 

Now it's your turn. Introduce your business, your mission statement, and your vision. 

You are tasked with producing onboarding materials for new hires. Provide an acronym that incorporates your business values (remember, ours is SOUL) to help them visualize your mission's meaning and value. Create a video, slideshow, or document to show your employees how they can implement these values in their daily workflow. 

Please note that if your main submission is a video or podcast, the total length should be from two to five minutes.

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