Academy Award? Probably Not, But These Films Could be Worth $3,000 in Scholarships

Lights. Camera. Scholarship?

That’s the plan at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, which is putting a digital spin on its college scholarship program for 2014.

As in past years, the credit union is offering high school seniors a chance to earn one of three college scholarships valued at $1,500, $1,000 and $500. But this year, students are being urged to submit a short film with their application that answers the question, “Why should someone join a credit union?”

“Our members are passionate about credit unions, even the young ones,” says SHCU President/CEO Brooke Van Vleet. “We’re excited to see what our high school members will create.”

Interested members must be graduating high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall. Fifty percent of the scholarship selection criteria will be based on the video submission, broken down by content relevance, creativity, and overall execution.

“We’re also looking at academic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities in our selection process,” Van Vleet says.

All videos must be between 30 seconds and two minutes in length and uploaded to YouTube, with a working URL included in the application. Applications and other criteria are available at, and completed videos will be shared on the credit union’s Facebook page after the March 31 deadline.

Meanwhile, other Northwest credit unions are also offering scholarships:

  • Trailhead Credit Union will award a $1,000 scholarship to a member who is or will be working toward a degree at any accredited two- or four-year college. The deadline to apply is March 31; details are at
  • Oregonians Credit Union is awarding four $1,000 scholarships to members who are either planning to enroll or are already enrolled as a full-time student at an eligible institution. The scholarships will be awarded in April; details are at
  • iQ Credit Union will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors entering college, one $1,000 scholarship to a current college student, and two $1,000 Wilber White Committee’s Choice scholarships selected from the pool of applicants. The deadline to apply is March 15; details at
  • TwinStar Credit Union will award nearly $30,000 in scholarships for graduating high school seniors and older students seeking a college education. The deadline for high school scholarships is March 31; applications for the higher-education scholarships will be available June 1. Details are at
  • Solarity Credit Union will award five $2,000 scholarships toward the cost of attending a college, university or trade school. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28; details at
  • SELCO Community Credit Union, which was started by educators in 1936, will award several $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The deadline to apply is April 4; details are at
  • Unitus Community Credit Union will award multiple $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates, college undergraduates and graduate students who have been with Unitus for a year or longer. The deadline to apply is April 30; details are at

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216,



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