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Scholarships

First Tech offers members like you an opportunity to apply for a $5,000 scholarship to help offset the rising cost of post-secondary education. Read on to learn more.

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Each year we're proud to award twelve outstanding members with $5,000 scholarships.

  • Five scholarships to students with a STEM-focused major
  • Five scholarships to students with other areas of study
  • Two scholarships to family members of First Tech employees

Applications will be accepted December 1, 2024 at 12:00am PST through January 15, 2025 at 11:59pm PST and scholarships will be awarded in late April 2025.

Applicant criteria:

  • Be a First Tech member in good standing by application deadline date. If the applicant's guardians are members, the applicant must have their own membership with First Tech Federal Credit Union.
  • Plan to enroll or already be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an accredited institution for the upcoming academic year.
  • There is no age requirement for the scholarship program and students from all levels of study are eligible to apply.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 average cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Please see our FAQ to answer questions you may have, or please contact Community Engagement.

Scholarship Recipients 2024

We are proud to continue our tradition of awarding scholarships to members who have showcased their determination, high academic achievement, and involvement in their communities. In 2024, we awarded $60,000 to the following 12 students, and we wish them the very best in their future careers.

Dhruthi Sri Mandavilli

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Dhruthi Sri Mandavilli.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Dhruthi Sri Mandavilli.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Biostatistics

“This scholarship empowers me to pursue my educational goals and make a meaningful impact in the field of public health, with less of a financial burden on my family and me. I am grateful for the financial support from First Tech, as well as the recognition of my potential in pursuing this degree. I hope this scholarship gives me the flexibility to take on the valuable opportunities that will come my way throughout my education.”

Elamny Hernandez- Guarema

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Elamny Hernandez-Guarema.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Elamny Hernandez-Guarema.

Corban University – Master of Public Administration

“Thank you, First Tech, for believing in my dreams of becoming a future Immigration Attorney. As a Latina first-generation student, this step will help me bridge the gap of a system that desperately needs to be filled with more just laws for a pathway to legal citizenship.”

Ellia Sheller

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Ellia Shellera.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Ellia Shellera.

University of San Diego – Political Science

“I am so grateful both to have received this scholarship and to the people at First Tech who worked on the selection process. With this award, I’ll be able to further support my undergraduate education and begin to save for law school, after which I hope to become a lawyer. Thank you, First Tech!”

Jason Toliao

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Jason Toliao.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Jason Toliao.

University Of Southern California – Neuroscience and Spanish

“I am honored and grateful to receive First Tech’s generous scholarship. Not only will this scholarship help contribute to my tuition, but it will also allow me to remain in Los Angeles over the summer to continue my research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I strive to become a physician one day, and First Tech’s support will help me attain higher education and reach my future goals.” 

Jax Purwins

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Jax Purwins.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Jax Purwins.

The University of Arizona – Master of Nursing

“I'm so appreciative to be a recipient of this award from First Technology Federal Credit Union. It means that I can worry less about working enough shifts to cover my education, and instead, I can place an emphasis on becoming the best healthcare provider that I can be for the sake of my future patients. This program is so much more than just working towards another degree, it's preparing me to serve the members of my community upon graduation.”

Juliette Visser

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Juliette Visser.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Juliette Visser.

The University of South Florida – Biological Health Science

“Winning this award presents an incredible opportunity, to offer invaluable support throughout my educational journey. It will afford me the chance to dedicate myself fully to my studies, fostering continuous growth and development in my academic pursuits.”

 

Kyler Crumal

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Kyler Crumal.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Kyler Crumal.

Oregon Institute of Technology – Geomatics 

“I am glad I received this because it is another weight lifted off my shoulders. The money I receive from this will greatly help me out financially with my tuition.”

 

Maura Paxton

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Maura Paxton.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Maura Paxton.

Portland State University – Master of Urban and Regional Planning

“I am incredibly grateful to First Tech for this award. With this scholarship, I will be able to continue my studies and have the time to pursue opportunities to gain professional planning experience. Thank you for supporting me in my journey to plan for equitable and resilient communities.”

Nathan Schmidt

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Nathan Schmidt.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Nathan Schmidt.

Concordia University Irvine – Master of Arts in Theology (Theology & Culture)

“What this scholarship means to me is that there are organizations and people in my community who value education and helping people be more successful in their line of work. The more we can better ourselves, the more we can help each other do the same. Never stop learning!”

Preston Rolfs-Nguyen

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Preston Rolfs-Nguyen.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Preston Rolfs-Nguyen.

Loyola Marymount University – Criminal Justice

“I am beyond grateful for being chosen as the recipient of this First Tech Federal Credit Union Scholarship. This scholarship will help lower the number of student loans needed, will help reduce the amount of time I will have to work while attending college, and will provide me with more time to study. Thank you for seeing something in me that deserves such an honor.”

Sophie Yu

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Sophie Yu.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Sophie Yu.

Business Management and Hospitality

“As a first daughter in a family of three girls, this scholarship will support me in my both my academic and future career endeavors. I want to thank First Tech Federal Credit Union for selecting me as a recipient and cannot wait to embark on my next journey within the collegiate field with the support of First Tech and broader community.”

Veronica Rojas

Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Veronica Rojas.Headshot of 2024 First Fetch Federal Credit Union scholarship recipient, Veronica Rojas.

Portland Community College – Pre-Medicine

“This award represents the hope I have for my future. Not only does it provide me financial assistance, but it also confirms the value of my hard work, dedication and potential.”