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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 now available in guidance offices at area high schools or you may click here to view and print the application. Completed Firelands FCU Scholarship applications must be received no later than March 8, 2021.

Ohio Credit Union Foundation Scholarship

In keeping with the spirit of the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, the Ohio Credit Union Foundation is offering three scholarships towards college tuition. The first-place winner will receive $5,000, second place $2,500, and third place a $1,000 scholarship. Students are encouraged to submit video applications now through April 30, 2021.

The three scholarships are available to student applicants who are:

  • at least a high school senior;
  • a member of an Ohio-based credit union; and
  • plan to pursue an undergraduate degree during the 2021-2022 school year.

To apply for a video scholarship, students create a 1 to 2 1/2-minute video addressing this year's topic:

"Show us how you envision the credit union of the future."

Video entries can be creative, bold, edgy, funny, simple, serious – or anything in between. Entries will be judged on credit union knowledge, effectiveness in addressing the scholarship question, and originality.

Video entries must be submitted online via the Foundation's website,, by 11:59:59 p.m. EDT April 30, 2021.

The scholarship winners will be announced Wednesday, May 26, 2021. 

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.


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