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2024 Scholarship Competition

presented by JFCU

Building Futures Across the Nation

The Building Futures Across the Nation Scholarship competition was established to address the Credit Union’s desire to encourage continuing education while reaching out to the justice, and law enforcement communities.

Justice Federal Credit Union approves a fund distributed amongst applicants selected by a Scholarship Selection Committee. Four of the scholarships will be awarded in the names of four Heroes within the justice and law enforcement community, and the balance of the awards will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on merit.

Building futures across the nation

Honoring Our Heroes

Justice Federal is pleased to award Scholarships in honor of the following heroes:

David Dorn Scholarship

Retired Police Captain David Dorn, (November 24, 1942 - June 2, 2020) performed his duties with distinction and commitment over a 38-year career with the St. Louis Police Department. Captain Dorn acted as the Deputy Commander of the Bureau of Patrol Support, which oversaw nine agencies within the St. Louis Police Department. Tragically, he was mortally wounded during a night of violent protests in St. Louis. Captain Dorn was very dedicated to youth, especially disadvantaged youth and wanted to see them succeed. He strived to be a role model for young men and women to go into law enforcement and modeled the way.

Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena Scholarship

Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena (July 26, 1947 - February 9, 1985) selflessly served as an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was abducted and killed while on assignment in Mexico. Each year, Mr. Camarena’s memory and sacrifice are honored during DEA’s Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s largest drug prevention awareness program.

John Patrick O’Neill Scholarship

John Patrick O’Neill (February 6, 1952 - September 11, 2001) served as Special Agent in Charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until his retirement in 2001, when he became Head of Security at the World Trade Center. Tragically, he was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City while selflessly coordinating evacuation efforts.

John Howland Wood Jr. Scholarship

John Howland Wood Jr. (March 31, 1916 – May 29, 1979), was an American lawyer and judge from Texas. He served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas before assassinated in San Antonio, in 1979. Wood's killing was the first assassination of a federal judge in the 20th century. Judge Wood was well-known for his sentencing of drug traffickers; he was assassinated in a contract killing placed by a Texas drug lord who was awaiting trial.

How To Compete

To compete and be eligible for consideration for a scholarship the applicant must be a Justice Federal Credit Union Member pursuing a degree beyond a primary education/high school diploma and be enrolled, or plan to enroll in 2024, as a full-time student in an accredited college or university. The completed Scholarship Application must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 PM, Friday, April 19, 2024.

The Scholarship Competition 2024 is now closed.


Applicant must retain Credit Union Membership as a primary account holder. To establish Membership or open an account as a Primary account holder see details below.

Scholarship applicant’s account must be in good standing with the Credit Union. Applicants will be disqualified if they are delinquent on loan payments, have a negative balance, have a dormant account, have caused the Credit Union a loss, or failed to submit a completed application.

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To establish membership, a one-time deposit of $5 is required in a Share Savings account. Apply Online, visit your nearest branch, or call us at 800.550.5328 to join today.

Evaluation Criteria

The Scholarship Selection Committee will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:
• Demonstrated Academic Ability
Transcripts, including GPA (cumulative on a 4.0 scale). First-year students should include high school records, with continuing students including cumulative transcripts from an accredited college or university.
• Demonstrated Writing Ability
The applicant must submit an essay, 250 words or less, detailing their scholastic ambitions and career plans following completion of their degree. Include mention of any school and community activities of importance and explain why they are important.


Scholarship Competition Checklist

Student applicant, please ensure all documents are included with your application to compete in the Scholarship Competition.

The Scholarship Committee will disqualify your application if you fail to include any of the necessary documents.

  • Complete electronic application in its entirety
  • Personal Statement Essay, Electronically submitted in 250 words or less
  • Cumulative Transcript(s) from an accredited college or University uploaded with application or submitted electronically to Scholarship@jfcu.org
  • Financial Needs Statement (optional)

Applications must be complete and submitted electronically by Friday, April 19, 2024 by 11:59 PM. EST, for consideration.

Questions? Call 800.550.5328, or email: scholarship@jfcu.org

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