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Ben DeFelice Scholarship

Ben DeFelice, a Central Intelligence Agency career employee of 34 years, pioneered major benefit programs for the men and women who serve their country in intelligence. He spent two decades handling one of CIA's most delicate assignments: looking after the interests of CIA Employees who were missing, captured or killed in the line of duty and consoling their relatives. He ensured that employees who served the agency would not be forgotten.

In September 1997, the CIA selected Mr. DeFelice to receive the prestigious Trailblazer award which was given to the 50 officers who were deemed to have made the most significant contributions in shaping the Agency and furthering the Agency's mission.

Mr. DeFelice served for 31 years as Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Federal Credit Union and served for 9 years on the Board of Northwest Financials Services, formerly Northwest Services.

This scholarship created in Mr. DeFelice's name is for the individual who exemplifies his qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment in school, at home and in the community.

Requirements

Individuals wishing to apply for this scholarship must have been the primary account holder on a Northwest Federal Credit Union account for one year, and should they win this award, must apply the funds to undergraduate education.

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CIRA Scholarship

Ben DeFelice, a Central Intelligence Agency career employee of 34 years, pioneered major benefit programs for the men and women who serve their country in intelligence. He spent two decades handling one of CIA's most delicate assignments: looking after the interests of CIA Employees who were missing, captured or killed in the line of duty and consoling their relatives. He ensured that employees who served the agency would not be forgotten.

In September 1997, CIA selected Mr. DeFelice to receive the prestigious Trailblazer award which was given to the 50 officers who were deemed to have made the most significant contributions in shaping the Agency and furthering the Agency's mission.

Mr. DeFelice served for 31 years as Chairman of the Board for the Northwest Federal Credit Union and served for 9 years on the Board of Northwest Financials Services, formerly Northwest Services.

About CIRA

The Central Intelligence Retirees Association (CIRA) is comprised of current and former employees or contractors of the Agency. CIRA, in collaboration with NWFCU Foundation, created the CIRA Scholarship Program to recognize the demands placed on CIA families and the importance of supporting the educational goals of the children and grandchildren of current and former CIA employees.

Requirements

In order to apply for the CIRA scholarship, applicants must:

 

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Need-based Scholarship

The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation is committed to helping at-promise students achieve their educational goals. NWFCU Foundation established Need-Based Scholarships to assist students with serious financial hardship and very limited resources in their pursuit of a college education.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the NWFCU Foundation has chosen to partner with two nonprofit organizations, Second Story and Mobile Hope in accepting applicants for our need-based scholarships.

Requirements

Please note that these funds may only be applied to undergraduate education. In order to apply for a need-based scholarship, an individual must have already applied for a bank account with NWFCU and have a letter of recommendation from either Second Story or Mobile Hope to upload to the application.

 
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Financial Awareness Network (FAN) Scholarship

The Financial Awareness Network (FAN) was established in 2010 in direct response to the growing number of youth and adults with little or no financial education. FAN promoted and supported financial education by preparing these individuals for future financial success. The Financial Awareness Network closed its doors, but before doing so endowed a financial literacy scholarship with the NWFCU Foundation.

This scholarship is intended to recognize youth who think about their financial future and demonstrate that they understand solid financial management principles and financial planning.

Requirements:

In order to be eligible for a FAN scholarship you must have had a Northwest Federal Credit Union account as the primary account holder for at least one year and live in the prescribed geographic area. FAN scholarships may only be applied to undergraduate education.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship

Thanks to a generous grant from Diane Canney of Sunset Hills and 50 West Vineyards, NWFCU Foundation will be offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) scholarships to applicants who have letters of referral/recommendation from either Second Story or Mobile Hope. Ms. Canney’s passion for and dedication to continuing career and technical education for today’s youth is an inspiration. The Foundation is excited to add this new scholarship to our portfolio.

The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation will be offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) scholarships to applicants recommended by either Second Story or Mobile Hope. These are two local nonprofit organizations who serve disadvantaged young people.

Requirements

In order to apply for a CTE scholarship, an individual must have applied for a NWFCU bank account and have a letter of recommendation from either Second Story or Mobile Hope to upload to the application.

 
Deadline Calendar

The 2020 Scholarship Program is open as of December 2, 2019.

2019 - 2020 Calendar

 

All Applications are due March 15th, 2020 by 12pm EST.

2019-2020 Calendar

Help / Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply? Applications are available to complete online at the Foundation website, www.nwfcufoundation.org or the following link: https://nwfcu.submittable.com/submit.

Note: A modern web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari) is recommended when completing the application. You must successfully create a Submittable account in order to apply for a scholarship.

What should I do if I can’t remember my username? Please contact the Submittable Customer Support team at support@submittable.com.

What if I can’t remember my password? Please click the FORGOT PASSWORD button and enter your email address. A link will be sent that will allow you to reset your password.

Who is eligible to apply? Anyone currently enrolled in or who will be enrolled in a full-time associate or undergraduate program for the 2020/2021 academic year is eligible to apply for Ben DeFelice, CIRA and FAN scholarships. Those with a letter of recommendation from Mobile Hope or Second Story who are enrolled in or will be enrolled in at least part time associate, undergraduate or CTE programs are eligible to apply for Need-based and CTE scholarships.

Who is not eligible to apply for the NWFCU Foundation Scholarship?
A) Volunteer officials (directors, associate directors and committee members) of the Board of Directors of NWFCU and its subsidiaries and affiliates
B) Vice-Presidents and above of NWFCU and its subsidiaries and affiliates
C) Employees of NWFCU Foundation
D) Immediate family members of all of the above
E) All previous NWFCU Foundation scholarship recipients

When can scholarship applications be submitted? Applications can be submitted from December 2, 2019 through March 15, 2020 at Noon (12:00 PM) EST.

What factors are considered in selecting candidates? Applicants must exemplify qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment in school, at home and in the community. In order to submit a completed application, all questions must be fully answered and the terms of use box checked.

What documentation must I supply in order to submit a completed Application? FAN Scholarship Applicants must provide proof of residency. All final round applicants will be required to provide supplemental documentation, which would include an unofficial/official transcript and a college admission letter.

Is an official transcript required? No. We will accept an unofficial transcript.

How do I upload a file? Click on the upload file button, choose the file in the directory and click on the file to upload.

How do I convert my application to a PDF? Please save your work before clicking on the MAKE PDF button.

When will the scholarship recipients be selected? Notification to scholarship recipients will be made on May 12, 2020 using the contact information entered on the application. All final round applicants will be required to provide supplemental documentation, which would include an unofficial/official transcript and a college admission letter.

When will the awards be presented? Recipients of a NWFCU Scholarship will be recognized at an awards luncheon held in Northern Virginia on June 10, 2020. All award recipients are highly encouraged to attend.

How will scholarship money be disbursed? Scholarship awards will be sent to the recipient's institution of higher learning before the start of the 2020/2021 academic year. Funds may be used for tuition, room or board, books and other applicable fees.

If applicants do not win this year, are they eligible to reapply next year? Yes, as long as they meet the 2021 eligibility requirements.

How do members find out about scholarship criteria? Applicants should check the Foundation website and then click on the “Scholarship” menu item. In the quick links box in the top right corner, please click on the hyperlink to review the Scholarship Criteria for more information.

Can someone apply if they have been a past scholarship award recipient? No, prior winners are ineligible.

Who do I contact for more information? Any Foundation staff member will be happy to answer questions. Call 703-925-5043 or email scholarship@nwfcu.org.

What additional information is required of CIRA Applicants? Applicants who are selected for the final round of judging will need to demonstrate eligibility by supplying their relative's SFN. This process will be communicated in a phone call with the applicant.

If an applicant reapplies in 2021, can they download their 2020 application to use as a reference? Yes, when the 2021 applications open.

How do I submit my application once it’s completed? At the bottom of the application, click on the “I agree” button and click on apply.

Can I donate to the Foundation? Yes, please go to www.nwfcufoundation.org and click on the donate button in the top right corner.

Updated 11/19/2019

About Us

About the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation

Founded in 2004, the Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation (NWFCU Foundation) is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that empowers young people to achieve their goals by helping them learn, excel and celebrate life, and by supporting their health, well-being and education.

Our goal is to touch the lives of at-promise children at every stage of their development. We do this by supporting local nonprofits that provide after-school care, tutoring and STEM education; and by providing supplies, food and mentoring at and for Title 1 schools. In 2018, the NWFCU Foundation launched the Aspire Higher program to provide Title 1 students who are often the first in their families to attend college with multiple opportunities to visit local institutions of higher learning that would not otherwise be afforded them. Additionally, the NWFCU Foundation provides grants to Northern Virginia Community College for their Helping Hands and Lifeline programs. We also fund scholarships for young people who are doing their best and working to make a positive difference, both in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Each year, we create a Night of Magic for children being treated at INOVA Children’s Hospital; and each year, we hold drives to collect food, coats, school supplies, diapers, blankets and stuffed animals for kids in need.

We create cooperative relationships through which we can fund young people’s growth and development and empower them through an education that will help them build fulfilling lives for themselves and their families, which will also make a lasting and positive difference in our communities.

 

2019 Foundation Scholarship Winners

2019 Scholarship Winners

 

2018 Foundation Scholarship Winners

2018 Scholarship Winners

Contact Us

If you have questions about the scholarship application, please contact us:

Phone: 703-925-5043

Email: scholarship@nwfcu.org

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