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Apply Now for Kinecta Student, Teacher Scholarships and Grants

Feb 08, 2020 10:59AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
If you're a student or teacher looking for scholarships or grants, now's the time to apply. Applications for Kinecta Federal Credit Union's 2020 Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth program are now open.

The program offers eight $2,000 scholarships to help full-time students make higher education a reality, and six $2,000 grants to help pre-K to 12th grade teachers bolster instruction and classroom projects. 

From now through March 1, 2020, eligible students and teachers can apply at https://www.kinecta.org/youth-scholarships/ and https://www.kinecta.org/teaching-grants/

The scholarships and teaching grant winners will be announced on or around May 31.

To date, Kinecta has awarded more than $208,000 to help 93 students to make higher education a reality and has helped 19 teachers to purchase supplies or fund classroom projects through its “Youth Scholarships and Teaching Grants for Growth” program.

The program is popular: In 2019, Kinecta received more than 200 submissions from prospective students and more than 70 submissions from teachers.

“Kinecta Federal Credit Union is dedicated to helping young adults reach their academic goals and teachers enhance their classroom offerings,” said Latrice McGlothin, community engagement officer at Kinecta.

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Application Guidelines

For students:

Eligible applicants should be 24 years of age of younger at the time of application. They must be a high school senior applying for, or already accepted as, a full-time student at an accredited college or university, OR a full-time student attending and continuing at an accredited college or university.

For teachers:

Eligible applicants should be pre-K to 12th-grade teachers certified in their state of residence, as well as home-school teachers

Only ONE grant will be awarded per teacher, although there is no limit to the number of applications an individual may submit. Recipients must use grant funds to purchase supplies and/or fund a classroom project.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Student Scholarships: Eligible applicants must submit a written essay (minimum 1,000 words). Essay question: What do you consider your greatest success? And why do you consider it your greatest success. 

Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

·         Essay – 40%

·         Community Involvement – 20%

·         GPA – 15% (transcripts required)

·         Awards & Achievements – 10%

·         Extracurricular Activities – 10%

·         SAT or equivalent – 5% (transcripts required)

Teacher Grants: Grants will be awarded based on the information provided in the application. Several factors will be taken into consideration, including financial need, number of students impacted and project creativity.

For more information about Kinecta Scholarships, visit kinecta.org/youth-scholarships/.

For additional scholarships offered by Innovision Society, an association affiliated with Kinecta Federal Credit Union, visit innovisionsociety.org/apply-for-a-scholarship

Kinecta Federal Credit Union (kinecta.org) is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with approximately $4.5 billion in assets; 22 branches; two retail mortgage centers; and more than 255,000 members nationwide. It is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, and has served the South Bay for 80 years.


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