Stringham Scholarship 4 Year College Application

CFCU’s Richard V.V. Stringham Scholarship is now open for you to apply!

Application Instructions

  • Submit Parts A and B electronically through the "Apply" tab below.
  • Email essay question to:  Please make the subject of the email: [Your Name] Scholarship Essay. 
  • Email transcripts to the address above or mail official transcripts to:

           CFCU Education Committee

           1030 Craft Road

           Ithaca, NY  14850-1016

  • Letters of recommendation may be emailed or mailed to the address above.  If emailed, please instruct your recommenders to make the subject of the email: [Your Name] Recommendation.

 All components of the application (application, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts) must be submitted electronically/postmarked no later than Friday, April 2, 2021.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All information is kept in strict confidence.

General Info

 General Information

  • Applicant must meet criteria for membership at CFCU and have or open a CFCU membership savings account in his/her name before Friday, April 2, 2021. 
  • Applicant must be preparing to begin full-time study at a 4-year accredited college or university.  High school seniors and nontraditional students planning to enter college for the first time are encouraged to apply.
  • Students may only apply for either the 2-year or 4-year scholarship.  However, students may apply for one of the scholarships and the Community Service Award.
  • All components of the application (application, essay, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts) must be submitted electronically/postmarked no later than Friday, April 2, 2021.
  • CFCU employees, members of the Board of Directors, members of the Supervisory Committee, members of the Education Committee, and their immediate family members are not eligible for consideration.


 Amount and Terms of the Award

  • Up to $30,000 will be awarded to 10 students, each consisting of one (1) grant for up to $3,000 to be used over two semesters of study (up to $1,500 each semester).
  • Scholarships are awarded for one year only and are not renewable.
  • Disbursements may be paid directly to the recipient’s college prior to the start of each semester, or paid directly to the recipient’s CFCU account upon proof of completion of each semester. (See item “c” below). 
  • Recipients must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. Be enrolled as a full-time student each academic semester according to the full-time status defined by the college.
  2. Receive at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good academic standing after each semester.
  3. Remit an official transcript to the CFCU Education Committee after the completion of each semester.
  • Recipients who fail to meet the above criteria risk forfeiture of any unpaid portion of their winnings. 


The Education Committee will score scholarship applications based on the weighted categories below.  The amounts listed next to each category determine the percentage of each category’s value.

  • High School Activities / Leadership - 20%
  • Academic Performance - 20%
  • Essay Question - 15%
  • Short Answer Questions - 15%
  • Community Involvement / Work Experience - 15%
  • Special Considerations (e.g. Financial Need) - 7.5%
  • Recommendations - 5%
  • Length of time applicant has been a member of CFCU - 2.5%

Additional Info

Additional Information

  • Applicants who have not opened a CFCU membership savings account in his/her name by Friday, April 2, 2021 will not be considered.
  • Scholarship Award Decisions will be made by May 28, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status shortly thereafter.
  • No applicant will be discriminated against on the basis of sex, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, or age in consideration for this scholarship.
  • Any questions or concerns regarding the application may be emailed to


Sample Application - For Reference Only

Please note that the official application that you'll access below and submit electronically must be completed in one sitting - it cannot be saved and finished at a later time.  We encourage you to review the sample application above so you are familiar with the questions and have a chance to draft answers in advance.

For questions, please contact the CFCU Education Committee