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Judges Welcomed To Join 2017 CU College Scholarship Scoring

Wed, Mar 8, 2017

Columbia, Maryland

Play an important role in helping young credit union members attend the college or trade school of their choice – become a member of the Credit Union College Scholarship Judges’ Panel! 

The annual scholarship program, sponsored by the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC, provides $12,000+ in scholarship awards across three entry categories – essay, photo, and video.  The Foundation enjoys the participation of over 100 volunteer judges and they encourage you to get involved, too. 

The Foundation is looking for ten additional judges to join their review panel and assist in rating scholarship entries.

As a judge you play a critical role in awarding twelve or more $1,000 college scholarships to young credit union members.  “This has been a wonderful experience,” notes veteran judge Brenda Minnich, of Howard County Education FCU.  “The essays are always interesting and as a marketing professional, I have to admit, I get a lot of good ideas from these young minds.”  Scholarship Judge Lynn Gregory, Johns Hopkins FCU adds, “It has been very rewarding to review the students’ work—some essays are quite impressive.  And the addition of the video and photo categories has made judging even more interesting.”

The Foundation Scholarship Program moved to a “cloud-based” system two years ago to make both the application and review experiences easier.

“I think it took me less than 30 minutes to review and score my assigned essays,” said Jo Ann Talbot, another veteran judge.  “The move to online applications and scoring has made the process very easy and straight forward and I find it to be a very rewarding experience.”

After the March 31, 2017 deadline for applicants, judges will have access to their assigned essay applications and the photo and video entries directly from their computers.  Easy-to-use tools make the reviewing process easy and efficient.

Judges don’t shoulder the responsibilities alone – over 100 volunteer judges are returning for the 2017 competition.  On average, judges are assigned ten or fewer short essays to review.

To volunteer to judge, visit