Volunteers cleaning up outside with trashbags

HRCU offers two honorary scholarships in recognition of long-serving volunteer members of the credit union’s Board of Directors.

 

Virgil C. Scott (“Scotty”) Volunteer Community Service Scholarship

As a high school teacher and coach for 37 years, Scotty motivated and inspired his students. He personally volunteered his time as a member of our Board of Directors. Scotty was a credit union advocate for well over 30 years, last serving as HRCU’s Treasurer.

HRCU will award two $1,500 scholarships for community service in 2021. All eligible students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for supporting their community are encouraged to apply.

 

Richard (“Dick”) J. Ketz Athletic and Academic Achievement Scholarship

An educator and coach for more than 30 years, Dick encouraged students to strive for excellence. He was committed to the credit union and served as a volunteer member of our Supervisory Committee and Board of Directors. Dick advocated on behalf of the credit union for more than 40 years, last serving as a credit union Director.

HRCU will award two $1,000 scholarships for athletic and academic achievement in 2021. All eligible students who demonstrate both athletic and academic excellence are encouraged to apply.

 

Each demonstrated the values of volunteer service to others, as well as the credit union movements’ philosophy of “people helping people.” We are proud to offer these scholarship awards in honor of their legacy of service to others.

Eligibility

        • Open to all high school seniors graduating in the year of application who are credit union members or are children of credit union members and will be attending an accredited post-secondary school, college, university or vocational school in the Fall. All applicants must be credit union members by the April 15th deadline.
        • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in a college preparatory, business, or vocational curriculum.
        • Children of Hidden River Credit Union employees, staff, volunteer committee or members of the Board of Directors are ineligible for the scholarship award.

Qualifications

Virgil C. Scott (Scotty) Honorary Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service

        • Established record of active volunteer service within the community in which he or she lives and strong desire to continue to serve within a volunteer capacity.
        • The primary basis for awarding the scholarship is demonstrating enthusiasm for volunteer community service in which the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” is evident.

 

Richard (Dick) J. Ketz Honorary Scholarship for Athletic & Academic Achievement

        • Established record of both athletic and academic achievement at the high school in which he or she attends.
        • The primary basis for awarding the scholarship is demonstrating both athletic and academic excellence at the high school level while exhibiting good sportsmanship, strong leadership abilities, and a positive impact on others.

Requirements

        • Complete, sign, and submit scholarship application (available below) by the April 15th deadline of each year.
        • Attach a copy of the applicant’s high school transcripts through the last semester (quarter) prior to the April 15th deadline.
        • Submit a typed essay of 500 words or less:

– For the Virgil C. Scott Volunteer Community Service Award Only – Describe how the applicant has been affected, developed, or impacted by their previous volunteer service; or how the applicant has impacted the person or organization in which they served prior to the April 15th deadline.

– For the Richard J. Ketz Athletic & Academic Award Only – Describe how the applicant has personally developed themselves and their leadership abilities, and positively impacted others with their achievements prior to the April 15th deadline.

        • Include two letters of recommendation, not to exceed two pages, for each applicant from a personal mentor, leader, teacher, coach, or community or organization leader who is NOT a family member. Each letter should describe in detail the efforts and service contributions of the applicant. These letters must be received prior to the April 15th deadline.
        • Completed applications must be postmarked prior to the April 15th deadline and all materials submitted with the application will not be returned. All scholarship recipients will be notified by mail within 30 days of the application deadline and will be publicly announced upon acceptance.
        • Please submit all paperwork to:

Hidden River Credit Union
ATTN: Scholarship Name (Either Virgil C. Scott or Dick J. Ketz Scholarship)
60 Westwood Road
Pottsville, PA 17901

Application Process

HRCU will provide the following scholarship awards:

 

Virgil C. Scott (Scotty) Honorary Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service

        • Two (2) annual $1,500 awards for member applicants planning to attend an accredited post-secondary school, college, university, or vocational school.

 

Richard (Dick) J. Ketz Honorary Scholarship for Athletic & Academic Achievement

        • Two (2) annual $1,000 awards for member applicants planning to attend an accredited post-secondary school, college, university, or vocational school.

 

These one-time awards are made payable to the recipient. Previous award recipients will be ineligible to apply in the future.