Scholarship Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that our 2022 scholarships were awarded to these two incredible high school seniors:

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Schmidt

Lizzie will attend Colorado State University to major in Human Development and Family Studies. Following that, she plans to complete graduate school and become a licensed occupational therapist. Lizzie was born and raised in Colorado and is graduating from Frederick High School. Throughout her high school career, Lizzie has participated and led in Student Council, National Honor Society, and the volleyball and swim teams. Outside of school, when volunteering and her job at a local restaurant are not occupying her time, Lizzie cherishes her time spent with those she cares about. She enjoys baking, dancing and singing carelessly, creative writing, ice skating, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and stargazing while thinking about how crazy it is to be alive.

William (Will) Bensler

William will attend The Colorado School of Mines in Golden and will be studying mechanical engineering with a minor in biochemistry. Will is graduating from Fairview High School in Boulder. In high school, Will has played the oboe and saxophone in the Fairview marching band and would like to continue to play music in college and be part of the marching band there as well. He also played baseball, having just finished his high school baseball season. His family has lived in Colorado for 18 years and Will is the oldest of three children and the first to attend college. His house is filled with two sisters, two dogs, two cats, one bird, and a hamster. Will is looking forward to college this Fall.

Our 2022 scholarship window is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact

Every year, Premier Members Credit Union recognizes high school seniors with proven academic, community involvement, and extracurricular activities, by providing higher-education scholarships. The credit union awards $35,000 in scholarships annually, directly to individuals, and through local school foundations and nonprofits within our communities.

Through its Premier Members scholarship program, the credit union awards two, $5,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are continuing on to technical school or college. Applicants are selected based on proven excellence in academics, personal and career goals, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and financial need.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • Spring, 2022 high school graduate, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Show acceptance to a higher-education institution within the United States, and begin school as a full-time freshman in the fall 2022.
  • Become a credit union member, if awarded a Premier Members’ scholarship.

Application Checklist

Please include the following when submitting your completed application (make sure to combine all of the documents into one pdf file):

✓ Complete application form

✓ A list of all extracurricular activities (school, religious, community, and sports). Include honors and awards, organizations and clubs you participated in including dates, offices held, responsibilities, etc.

✓ Your official, high school transcript (obtained from your counselor) including SAT or ACT scores.

✓ A copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). This document is issued after submission of the FAFSA application. It serves as a summary of the application, lists information you provided on your FAFSA and includes the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Download your report at FAFSA’s website and look under “FAFSA Follow-up” and select “Print your student aid report.” Do not include the entire FAFSA application; only submit the SAR.

✓ Two detailed letters of reference (on letterhead where applicable), from non-family members who know you well. These can include teachers, counselors, school administrators, employers, coaches, scout or religious leaders, etc. *Note: these letters may be submitted directly to Please include scholarship applicant’s name in the subject line.

✓ A 250-350 word essay describing yourself, why you are uniquely qualified for this scholarship, what going to college means to you, and your goals and interests. Please also state how the scholarship funds will help you further your educational goals. Grammar, content, clarity, and overall presentation will be considered.

Additional External Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the two Premier Members scholarships, we award funds for scholarships to the following organizations:


Another Scholarship Opportunity for Credit Union Members

Mountain West Credit Union Foundation: Brayman-Beach Scholarship