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2023 Scholarship Competition

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Building Futures Across the Nation

The Building Futures Across the Nation Scholarship program was established to address the Credit Union’s desire to encourage continuing education while reaching out to the justice and law enforcement communities.

Building futures across the nation

Justice Federal Credit Union

Justice Federal Credit Union approves a fund distributed amongst applicants selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee. 50% of the total funds awarded will go to individuals pursuing a degree in the field of Justice. Applicant is only eligible if pursuing a degree beyond primary education/high school diploma. Justice Federal Credit Union and Justice Federal Credit Union Foundation, Inc. officials, employees and their families are not eligible to compete.

Justice Federal Credit Union Foundation

The Justice Federal Credit Union Foundation was founded with a mission to offer programs and engage in charitable activities that promote education, recognize professional excellence and caring for others, reduce hardship, and improve the lives of Justice Federal Credit Union Members; and members and their families within affiliated law enforcement and criminal justice organizations, nonprofit associations; and the greater justice and law enforcement community.

Honoring Our Heroes

The Foundation is pleased to award Scholarships in honor of the following heroes:

David Dorn Scholarship

Retired Police Captain David Dorn, (November 24, 1942 - June 2, 2020) performed his duties with distinction and commitment over a 38-year career with the St. Louis Police Department. Captain Dorn acted as the Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Patrol Support, which oversaw nine agencies within the St. Louis Police Department. Tragically, he was mortally wounded during a night of violent protests in St. Louis.
Captain Dorn was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth and wanted to see them succeed. He strived to be a role model for young men and women to go into law enforcement and modeled the way.

Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena Scholarship

Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena (July 26, 1947 - February 9, 1985) selflessly served as an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was abducted and killed while on assignment in Mexico. Each year, Mr. Camarena’s memory and sacrifice are honored during DEA’s Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s largest drug prevention awareness program.

John Patrick O’Neill Scholarship

John Patrick O’Neill (February 6, 1952 - September 11, 2001) served as Special Agent in Charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until his retirement in 2001, when he became Head of Security at the World Trade Center. Tragically, he was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City while selflessly coordinating evacuation efforts.

John Howland Wood Jr. Scholarship

John Howland Wood Jr. (March 31, 1916 – May 29, 1979), was an American lawyer and judge from Texas. He served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas before assassinated in San Antonio, in 1979. Wood's killing was the first assassination of a federal judge in the 20th century. Judge Wood was well-known for his sentencing of drug traffickers; he was assassinated in a contract killing placed by a Texas drug lord who was awaiting trial.

How To Compete

To compete and be eligible for consideration for a scholarship the applicant must be a Member of Justice Federal Credit Union; and be enrolled, or plan to enroll in 2023, as a full-time student in an accredited college or university. The completed Scholarship Application must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 PM, Monday, April 10, 2023.


Applicant must retain Credit Union membership as a primary account holder. To establish Membership or open an account as a Primary account holder see details below.

Scholarship Applicant’s Account must be in Good Standing with the Credit Union. Applicants will be disqualified if they are delinquent on loan payments, have a negative balance, have a dormant account, caused the Credit Union a loss, or failed to submit a completed application.

Not a Member? Join Today

To establish membership, a one-time deposit of $5 is required in a Share Savings account. Apply Online, visit your nearest branch, or call us at 800.550.5328 to join today.

Evaluation Criteria

The Scholarship Selection Committee will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:
• Demonstrated Academic Ability
Transcripts, including GPA (cumulative on a 4.0 scale). First-year students should include high school records, with continuing students including official cumulative transcripts from an accredited college or university.
• Demonstrated Writing Ability
The applicant must submit an essay, 250 words or less, detailing their scholastic ambitions and career plans following completion of their degree. Include mention of any school and community activities of importance and explain why they are important.


Scholarship Competition Checklist

Student applicant, please ensure all documents are included with your application to compete in the Scholarship Competition.

The Scholarship Committee will disqualify your application if you fail to include any of the necessary documents.

  • Complete electronic application in its entirety
  • Personal Statement Essay, Electronically submitted in 250 words or less
  • Official Cumulative Transcript(s) from an accredited college or University uploaded with application or submitted electronically to Scholarship@jfcu.org
  • Financial Needs Statement (optional)

Applications must be complete and submitted electronically by Monday, April 10, 2023 by 11:59 PM. EST, for consideration.

Questions? Call 800.550.5328, or email: scholarship@jfcu.org

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Education Assistance Line of Credit

Do you need to assist your college or vocational school students with tuition or dorm expenses? Are you working toward a degree or certification? Do you have children attending private K-12 schools?

Our Education Assistance Line of Credit was created for you with:

  • chevron_right Loan amounts from $500 to $40,000
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Disbursement of Funds:

Loan proceeds are made payable to the school, college or university of your choice or you may choose to submit your paid receipts for reimbursement of qualifying expenses.

Legal Disclaimers & Information

The IRS recognizes the Justice Federal Credit Union Foundation, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt, National Non-Profit Charitable Foundation. The Foundation’s annual financial report is available by request to the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Tax ID Number: 81 - 4593745.