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Scholarship Opportunities

Firelands Federal Credit Union Scholarship Program

Firelands Federal Credit Union will award $11,000 in scholarships for continuing higher education to high school seniors that are credit union members or dependents of members. Applications are available at all Firelands FCU branches, in your guidance office, and can be printed here. Applications are due March 11, 2023.

Ohio Credit Union Foundation Scholarship Program

The Ohio Credit Union Foundation is offering Ohio undergraduate credit union members the opportunity to apply for one of three scholarships ($5,000, $2,500 & $1,000) by creating an interactive 1 to 2½-minute video answering the following scholarship question:

How does your credit union support the local community?

Video entries can be edgy, funny, bold, simple, serious – or anything in between. Entries will be judged on the accuracy of information presented, effectiveness in addressing the scholarship question, and originality.

The Video Scholarship begins on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, and ends Friday, April 28, 2023. All video entries must be submitted by Friday, April 28, 2023, at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.

Click here to view the rules and eligibility requirements or apply online. 

Wounded Soldiers Fund

The Wounded Soldiers Fund (WSF) was created in Bellevue, Ohio in 2005 by veterans. Its primary purpose is to aid families in need that have sons or daughters who have been wounded in the line of duty during the War on Terror. It covers all military services including Reserves and National Guard. Soldiers wounded overseas are sometimes transported to German hospitals and/or to hospitals in the U.S. such as Walter Reed, Brooks Army Hospital or Bethesda Naval Hospital. The WSF will provide financial assistance for travel, lodging and other miscellaneous fees so that family members can be with their loved one.

Since its inception, the WSF has expanded to include, not only Bellevue, Ohio but also Norwalk, Galion and Bucyrus, Ohio and their neighboring communities. Since the WSF is considered a local fund, the WSF Trustees would determine eligibility for communities beyond those stated above. The Trustees are the final authority on all applications submitted.

Trustees of the WSF are: 

  • Donn Rospert, Marine Corp League, USMC Veteran of Vietnam
  • Jerry Risner, SFC Army National Guard, Army Veteran of Iraq
  • Robert F. Ward, SSG. U.S. Army, Army Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan

The WSF is a tax exempt 501(C) (3) organization – (tax exempt number available upon request). Individuals or organizations wishing to donate to this fund may do so by contacting Donn Rospert 419-483-2444 or by calling Firelands Federal Credit Union at 419-483-4180 or 1-800-276-5775. Also, you may visit one of the Firelands Federal Credit Union locations in Bellevue, Norwalk, Monroeville, Bucyrus or Galion, Ohio. Thank you for your donations.1

Apply for a donation online or by printing out the application and returning it to one of our branches

WSF Printable Application

Apply Online

1Any money in the WSF at the end of the War on Terror will be donated to military charities.

Sponsorship/Donation Requests

Do you want Firelands FCU to make a donation or sponsor your organization's event? Please fill out the donation request form here. You may include any flyer information within the Attachments field under Donation Details. Thank you!


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