Routing #: 241075726

Ignite My Future Scholarship

Summer Hamilton

Summer is a senior at Wellington High School. Her community engagement includes volunteering for Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts and as a coach for Special Olympics. "I love interacting with people, especially veterans because I love to hear their stories and accomplishments or the sacrifices they made for our country." Summer will be attending Kent State University in the fall.
Maria Vurbic

Maria is a junior at Eastlake North High School in Eastlake and for the past three years has volunteered as a classroom assistant for Saints Robert and William's PSR program. "I love working with children, and I hope that something I teach them sticks with them throughout their lives." Maria will be attending Lakeland Community College to participate in their college credit plus program.
Abbey Higginbotham

Abbey is a senior Normandy High School in Parma and is a member of the National Honor Society. She volunteers her time tutoring her peers and has made blankets for a local animal shelter. "To me, service means that you help another person by performing a service or action. I have over 90 hours of community service, my favorite being when I volunteered at St. Augustine's Hunger Center. It felt amazing to know that I was helping feed those who did not know where their next meal was coming from." Abbey will be attending the University of Akron in fall of 2021 to study speech-language pathology.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who applied.

More information on the 2022 Ignite My Future Scholarship will be available in November.


Ignite My Future Scholarship Information

+ Supporting Students

Are you a Club Ignite member 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 three (3) $500 scholarships to deserving high-school students.

+ Who You Are
  • A student in grades 9-12
  • A member of Club Ignite (not a member? Join today!)

+ 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
  • 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 fall of 2021.
  • The scholarship money is applied to fall (2021) 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

+ Restrictions
  • FFCCU employees and board members, and their immediate family members (siblings, parents/guardians or grandparents) are not eligible.

+ Selection Criteria and Scoring Procedure
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.
+ Submission and Deadline
Please follow the submission instructions outlined on the application webpage. Applications and transcripts need to be submitted electronically via the website. 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 and will need to be submitted electronically no later than 2022 date to be determined.
+ Award Notification
FFCCU will notify only winners of the Ignite My Future Scholarship (2022 date TBD). Checks will be made payable to the educational institution that the applicant has chosen to attend and mailed directly to that institution (2022 date TBD). 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

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