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Scholarship Program

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Please note, the 2024 SAFE scholarship application period has closed. Check back in early 2025 for more information about how to apply for the 2025 scholarship. 

Are you looking to take the next step in your education or career path?

The StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment (SAFE) is offering an annual scholarship opportunity to its members and the members of Corning Credit Union. Whether your goal is to focus on higher education, enlist, or anything in between, applications are accepted each spring.

Program Summary

Each year, SAFE awards up to $20,000 in scholarships to hard-working individuals looking to further their education or career. Ideal candidates value and make contributions toward:

  • Helping people
  • Serving the underserved
  • Making an impact in and giving back to their community

Program Eligibility

The SAFE Scholarship Program is open to any SAFE member or Corning Credit Union member who is in good standing, over the age of 16, and has established plans in the next 12 months to take the next step in their education, development, or career, including vocational studies and/or military enrollment. Please note, past recipients of a SAFE Scholarship are not eligible for a second award.

After submitting your application, you will be contacted by May 31 either by phone or email with your application result. If selected for a scholarship, you will be asked to provide the following before any award is distributed:

  • A completed and signed W-9
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance (college or trade school bill, course schedule, etc.)
  • A copy of your government issued identification

All required information must be received by SAFE by June 7, 2024. Please only send the above if selected for a scholarship. 

More About SAFE

Founded by Corning Credit Union employees, the StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment is a 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on financial education and community outreach. The mission of SAFE is to provide people with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for financial success throughout all phases of life.

For more information and to learn how to apply, visit SAFE’s website.

Past Scholarship Winners:

Aiyana Miles, 2023
Kerrigan Driskell, 2023
Anna Eling, 2023
Sarah Hunt, 2023
Hailey Hubbard, 2023
Melanie Degraw, 2023
Kylie Moore, 2023
Krystle Smith, 2023
Ian Long, 2023
Ivan Marjanovic, 2023