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Scholarship Judges Play Key Role In Helping Young Credit Union Members

Sun, Nov 10, 2013

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 of MD & DC provides $12,000+ in scholarship awards across three entry categories – essay, video, and for the first time ever, photo essay!  And while the Foundation enjoys the participation of over eighty judges on the 2013 roster, they encourage you to get involved, too. 

The Foundation is looking for five additional Judges to join their judging panel and assist in reviewing scholarship applications.

As a judge you play a critical role in awarding no fewer than twelve $1,000 college scholarships to selected MD & DC credit union members.  “This has been a wonderful experience,” notes veteran judge Brenda Minnich, Marketing Director at 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.”  Veteran Scholarship Judge and Johns Hopkins FCU Sr. VP Marketing and Member Services Lynn Gregory adds, “It has been very rewarding to review the students’ work—some essays are quite incredible.  And the addition of the photo category has made judging even more interesting.”

Judges are provided standardized grading criteria and score sheets.  The “blind” essays and videos (names of applicants and their credit unions are removed) are distributed electronically so they are shared efficiently among the panel of judges. 

Judges don’t shoulder the responsibilities alone – over eighty judges are returning for the 2014 competition.

Scholarship applications and information may be found at the Foundation’s web page at

If you are interested in becoming a valued member of the Scholarship Program Judging Panel, please contact Kyle Swisher at the CU Foundation at 443 325-0771 or email him at, I'll Judge!