becu foundation scholarships

We're committed to education

The BECU Foundation is a charitable private foundation which recognizes and awards a minimum of 25 $3,000 scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate student members who have a passion for helping others.

Since 1995, with the help of our business partners, member donations, and through fundraising activities, BECU has awarded more than $1.78 million dollars in scholarships to more than 790 student members.

BECU Foundation Mission Statement

The mission of the BECU Foundation is to encourage and administer contributions for educational scholarships. The BECU 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 school or community, leadership potential, and academic achievement.

Apply for a Scholarship

Each scholarship is $3,000 and a minimum of 25 awards are given each year.  Applications are accepted January 1-March 31 each year. Recipients will be announced by May 31.


  • Only BECU members may apply. Accounts must be in the name of the applicant. Learn more about membership 
  • Applicants must be students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Students must be a graduating high school senior or a full-time college undergraduate 
  • All scholarship recipients must attend college full time. Post-graduate, Masters or Doctorate candidates are not eligible to apply. 
  • Previous recipients may not apply for additional scholarships 

Selection criteria

As a not-for-profit credit union, BECU is committed to social responsibility. As a result, scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic performance and passion for helping others. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average, and a recommendation. Selection is made without regard to applicant's race, color, national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, age, or physical handicap.


Applications are accepted online January 1-March 31 each year. Online applications are available January 1 and close at 11:59pm Pacific time March 31. Applications are processed by our partner International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. You will be required to set up a profile on their website in order to start your application. If you do not complete your application, you can return at any time 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.

Learn more by reading Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide:

  • Your personal contact information 
  • BECU account information 
  • High school and college academic information 
  • Community and school involvement, honors and awards, and work experience 
  • 1000 word essay regarding community or school activities 
  • Upload high school records for high school seniors or college transcripts for current college students 
  • One online recommendation from an instructor or supervisor 


For questions about the online application, please contact customer support at 800-914-8366 or email Someone will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours. 

For questions about the scholarship program or criteria, please contact Community Affairs M-F from 9am-5pm (PST) at 206-439-5910 or 800-233-2328, ext. 5910, or email