Ignite My Future Scholarship

Meet the 2024 Ignite My Future Scholarship Winners

We received applications from many passionate, dedicated teen members. Making a final selection is always difficult, and this year was a particularly challenging task with so many well-qualified applications. We’re tremendously proud to see so many teens dedicating their time to our communities and the people in them.

Now, let’s meet our 2024 Ignite My Future Scholarship winners…

Samantha Sunderhaft | Kenston High School

Samantha has been a committed volunteer for over a decade. She is a regular part of BREATHE at Holy Angel’s Church, where she serves as a program guide and companion to special needs children. She raises money for the “A Kid Again” charity and gives back to her community as a Girl Scout. But Samantha found a true calling in the wake of the pandemic when she observed the staggering impact that isolation and new anxieties had on the mental health of her fellow students. Through research, planning, and community collaborations, Samantha organized a week of mental health awareness and support during suicide prevention month. Her efforts brought in therapy dogs and donated chair massages, easily accessed resources on suicide prevention, and even an expert guest speaker. With a continued emphasis on mental health, Samantha continues her quest to spread the message that “every mind matters.”

Logan Bass | Firelands High School

Logan began his pursuit of volunteering in elementary school. While his parents played a crucial role in promoting the value of volunteering, seeing the joy and enthusiasm on the faces of his peers during volunteer-run book fairs at school cemented just how important it is to give back. Since then, Logan has been a volunteering jack-of-all-trades; gravitating towards whatever project needed the most support. His passion for service has directed him into scouting, with many hours spent in the Boy Scouts of America on a path toward becoming an Eagle Scout. “One of the best ways to have an impact on my community is to become a better leader and start leading by example,” says Logan.

Supporting Students

Are you a teen with a passion for supporting the community? You may be eligible for the Ignite My Future Scholarship, available exclusively for Club Ignite members. Each year, FFCCU will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to deserving high-school students. Our 2024 application period has closed and winners will be announced April 15, 2024. The application period for our 2025 scholarship award runs from December 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025.

Who You Are:

  • A student currently in grades 9-12
  • A member of Club Ignite (it's easy to join!)

Not a member? No problem. Just open a savings account with a minimum balance of $5. This not a membership fee - it's your money to withdraw if you ever close your account!

What You'll Need:

  • A cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Demonstrated community involvement through volunteer activities
  • Submission of an application, including a 400-600-word essay on how and why you give back to your community


Rules and Eligibility Information

  • Applicants in grade 12 must be planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or accredited trade or vocational school.
  • Students in grades 9-11 must be planning to attend a tuition-based high-school or taking courses for college credit, with out of pocket tuition expenses, in the upcoming fall semester.
  • The scholarship money is applied to the upcoming fall semester tuition.
  • ALL requested information must be received for application to be considered.
  • Scholarship funds will be made payable to the institution specified by the winners.
  • Scholarship winners must agree to allow their name and information to be published by the credit union for promotional purposes.
  • This is not a one-time scholarship. However, applicants must complete a new application to be considered for each academic year.

Additional Info to Know

FFCCU employees and board members, and their immediate family members (siblings, parents/guardians or grandparents, or any family members living in the same household) are not eligible.

The selection committee, comprised of FFCCU Board Members and Teammates, will individually evaluate each application without identifying information. Applicants will be considering community involvement, essay, and cumulative GPA. The selection committee will not review any additional information given. FFCCU will complete a scoring sheet for each application by each selection committee member. The highest scoring applicants will move to a final round where FFCCU judge panels will determine the winners.

Please follow the submission instructions outlined on the application webpage, available 12/1/23. Applicants must submit electronically. FFCCU will not consider applications delivered in person. If you do not follow directions thoroughly, your application will not be considered. The complete application must include all the required supplements. Students must submit their applications no later than January 31, 2024.

FFCCU will notify only winners of the Ignite My Future Scholarship. Checks will be made payable to the educational institution that the applicant has chosen to attend and mailed directly to that institution. Firefighters Community Credit Union asks that each recipient allow the credit union to use their name and photograph in promotional materials and press releases.

For additional questions please contact Alyssa Garcia Evanoff, Chief Marketing Officer, at aevanoff@ffcommunity.com