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To help with college expenses, we have established the State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) Scholarship Fund in honor of the founders and volunteers of SDFCU. This year the Board of Directors approved a $63,020 award amount to be distributed among the winners selected by the Scholarship Committee. In addition, the top scholarship recipient was awarded the Stephen K. Fischel Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 in lieu of the regular scholarship amount.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 Scholarship Program!



School Attending in Fall of 2018

1.Isabella Angiulo

Conflict Analysis and Resolution

George Mason University

2. Jayla Arthur

Cinematic Arts

Liberty University

3. Vincent Bedessem

Business and Legal Studies

Towson University

4. Jessi Burzynski

BSN Nursing

Western Governors University

5. Carmen Carroll

Communication Arts and Spanish

Washington and Jefferson College

6. Brenden Drinkard-McFarland

Industrial Engineering

Purdue University

7. Andrew Farnsworth


University of Virginia

8. Patrick Fischer

Mechanical Engineering

The Catholic University of America

9. Jasmin Gonsalvez

Computer Engineering

Northern Virginia Community College

10. Linjiang Han

Commerce (Finance and Accounting)

University of Virginia

11. Naeema Hopkins-Kotb

Biology, Global Health

Duke University

12. Oksana Howard

Fine Arts

Northern Virginia Community College

13. Veronica Itinger


University of  Virginia

14. Michelle Jenkins


Towson University

15. Rachel Judy

Information Science and Systems

Radford University

16. Katherine Leeper


American River College

17. James Lewis

Biosystems Engineering and Philosophy

University of Tennessee

18 David Prester


Northern Virginia Community College

19. Quincy Pyles

Computer Science - Cybersecurity

Towson University

20. Emily Richter 

Vocal Performance

Lawrence University

21. Alexandra Thorsberg

Interior Design

Marymount University

22. Ashley Williams

Art/Criminal Justice

Bridgewater College

23.Tiana Wilson


University of Central Missouri

The committee also recommends the $5,000 Stephen K. Fischel Memorial Scholarship be awarded to:

Haley King

Geography/Geoinformation Science

George Mason University


The Details

To qualify you must:

  • Have your own account in good standing with SDFCU
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree program and have completed 12 credit hours of coursework at an accredited college or university (AP courses do not count)
  • Have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA (Cumulative on a 4.0 scale) and submit official/sealed transcripts
  • Submit the completed application and all required information by the deadline (tuition bill copy, W-2 form(s), Personal Statement and Official Transcript


The Rules

  • Check back in the spring when we are accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship Program
  • Credit union employees, volunteers and their families are not eligible
  • Transcripts must be in sealed envelope from your college or university. No photocopies of transcripts or faxes are allowed. Please note that all transcripts will not be returned
  • If you do not have a tuition bill, please substitute a photocopy of the university catalog online of your student expenses for the year. Please note which expenses apply and the total dollar amount
  • If you are self-supporting, submit your W-2 form(s). If you are a dependent, supply the W-2(s) of your supporting party


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