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The BECU Foundation is a charitable private foundation which recognizes and awards scholarships each year to qualified student members. Members must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a two-year, four-year, or technical college or university, and have a passion for helping others. Since 1995, BECU has awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships to 950 student members.

BECU Foundation Mission Statement

The mission of the BECU Foundation is to encourage and administer contributions for education scholarships. The Foundation extends the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” by offering educational support to members and their families. Scholarships recognize and promote service in the community, as well as leadership and academic potential.

Apply for a Scholarship

Each awarded scholarship is $2,500 and renewable for two years ($5,000 total). With the help of our business partners, member donations, and fundraising activities, we award a minimum of 25 scholarships each year. This year, applications will be accepted Jan.1 – Feb. 28, 2018. Recipients will be announced in mid-April.


  • Only BECU members may apply. Applicants must have an active membership and be designated as the primary account holder. Learn more about membership 
  • Applicants must be students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year, or technical college or university. All scholarship recipients must be enrolled as full time students.
  • Post-graduate, Masters or Doctorate candidates are not eligible to apply
  • Previous recipients may not apply for additional scholarships 
  • The BECU Foundation Board of Directors, the BECU Board of Directors, the BECU Supervisory Committee, the BECU Executive Management Team, and the BECU Scholarship Selection Team or any family members of the above mentioned groups are not eligible to apply

Selection Criteria

As a not-for-profit credit union, BECU is committed to social responsibility. As a result, scholarships are awarded based on the student's commitment to community service as well as leadership and academic potential. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average, and current transcript. Applicants must also respond to short-answer and essay questions related to their commitment to higher education and how their community service exemplifies the credit union philosophy of people helping people. An independent selection committee consisting of community members, representing a diverse business and education background, will evaluate the applications and select the winners. Selection is made without regard to applicant's race, color, national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, age, or physical handicap.


Online applications are available as of Jan. 1, 2018 and close at 11:59pm PST on Feb. 28, 2018. Applications are processed by our partner International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. Applicants will be required to set up a profile on their website in order to start the application. If you do not complete your application, you can return at any time up until the submission deadline to complete it. All information contained in your profile and scholarship application is secure and will not be used for any purpose other than to process your application.

Scholarship Questions 

2018 Scholarship FAQ
For additional questions, please contact ISTS: 
Phone: 800-914-8366