Foundation Scholarships

The BECU Foundation is a charitable private foundation which recognizes and awards scholarships each year to qualified student BECU 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 $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,079 student members.

BECU Foundation Mission Statement

The mission of the BECU Foundation is to encourage and administer contributions for educational 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

The BECU Foundation is looking for candidates who embody the people-helping-people philosophy by playing an active role in giving back to their community, whether through volunteering or through other meaningful contributions of time, effort, and care. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

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. In 2019 , applications will be accepted from Jan.1 to Feb. 28. Recipients will be notified by April 30, 2019.


To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a member of BECU and primary accountholder at the time of the application submission. (The account must be separate from a parent or guardian's account). Learn more about membership .
  • Be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary degree program (students of graduate programs are not eligible). 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.  

No exceptions will be made.

Note: Previous BECU Foundation scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply. The BECU Foundation Board of Directors, the BECU Board of Directors, the BECU Supervisory Committee, the BECU Executive Management Team, 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, 2019, and close at 11:59 pm PST on Feb. 28, 2019. To ensure impartiality in selection, 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 in one sitting, 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 

2019 Scholarship FAQ
For additional questions, please contact ISTS: 
Phone: 800-914-8366