Future Leader Scholarship

Scholarship Overview

The Generations Future Leader Scholarship is designed to recognize students whose activities, be they academic, religious or civic, will better the community of San Antonio and surrounding areas. GFCU will award ten (10) non-renewable scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. An additional $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one GFCU employee or immediate family member.

One scholarship recipient will also receive distinct recognition by the Generations FCU Board of Directors as the Robert “Bobby” Guerra Memorial Scholar to highlight their commitment to community involvement, and one additional scholarship recipient will be recognized as the Leroy Harvey Honorary Scholar to emphasize their dedication to education.

Scholarship Essay Prompt

(Maximum 500 words):
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. How do you feel that instance of personal growth has made you a better leader?

Judges will be looking for applicants to demonstrate their thought-leadership by sharing their unique point of view on this essay topic.

Plan Ahead Before Applying

All elements of the scholarship application must be completed before it can be submitted. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020.

  • Applicant must register for a User ID with their email address to get started.
  • Applicant must confirm two recommenders, and both recommenders will also have to register with their email addresses to submit their letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant CANNOT submit a completed application until both recommenders submit their letters of recommendation.
  • Applicant should have their essay response ready to copy and paste into the application before applying.
  • Applicant should also have an electronic PDF of their official or unofficial transcript.
  • Applicant will need to enter their GFCU member account number.

Judging Criteria

Our esteemed panel of judges includes GFCU executives, board members and community leaders who are all seeking to recognize and reward the next generation of leaders among our credit union members.

  1. Future Leader Scholarship applicants can be graduating high school seniors, current undergraduate students, graduate students, doctoral, post-doctoral and/or continuing education, trade school and vocational school students.
  2. Applicant must provide proof of enrollment or acceptance to an accredited institute of higher learning (to include two-year and four-year colleges and universities, trade schools and/or vocational schools, and accredited online schools).
  3. Applicant must be a member in good standing of GFCU.
  4. Applicant must provide a recent (within past 60 days) school transcript, or last available transcript.
  5. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or better (or an average grade of 85/B).
  6. Applicant must provide proof of community service and/or extra-curricular activities.
  7. Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. APPLICANTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UPLOAD LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION THEMSELVES. In the application form, applicants will enter the email addresses of their recommenders. The recommenders will then receive an email with a link to submit their letter of recommendation directly to the applicant’s form. Acceptable sources for recommendation letters include, but are not limited to:
    • Academic Advisors
    • Deans
    • Coaches
    • Professors
    • Teachers
    • Department Heads
    • Mentors
    • Clergy
Frequently Asked Questions

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The purpose of the Generations Federal Credit Union (GFCU) Future Leader Scholarship is to support the academic endeavors of students who live, work, worship, volunteer, attend school, or own a business in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, or Wilson County, Texas.

The scholarships may be used for any educational or education-related expenses the student may incur, including but not limited to, tuition, books, fees, room and board.