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Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship Contest

NASA Federal Credit Union is proud to sponsor The Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship contest. This contest is open to graduating high school seniors from within the Credit Union membership who will be pursuing four-year or two-year undergraduate degrees or vocational studies.

Scholarships in amounts of up to $8,000 may be awarded to assist with the costs of tuition, books and living expenses.

This scholarship contest does not require school specification, repayment, intended major, letters of recommendation or demonstration of financial need. If awarded a scholarship, students may be required to provide proof of full-time enrollment in an accredited university, college or vocational school.

Eligibility

Each Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship contest applicant must be:

  • The primary owner of a NASA Federal Credit Union account (joint ownership does not meet eligibility requirements.)
  • A high school senior with an average grade of C or above
  • Under the age of 21

Selection

Scholarships are awarded based on evaluation of a written essay or videographed essay, and a personal interview conducted by the Scholarship Committee. Applicants' names are withheld from the judges until the finalists are selected.

The Essay

Scholarship applicants must submit an original written or videographed essay addressing:

My Educational and Financial Goals For College and Beyond and the Role NASA Federal Credit Union Can Play

Format

Essays must be 12 pt. typed, double-spaced and no more than 1,000 words or a two-minute video. Essays and applications must be received electronically at https://apply.nasafcu.com/scholarship/ContestEntry.aspx by February 2, 2018.

Essays are judged on content, writing or presentation, and creativity.

Content (40%)

Essays should address the applicant's educational goals, the costs associated with and plans for financing higher education and the ways NASA Federal Credit Union can help meet these goals and challenges.

Writing Style (30%)

This element determines how clearly and effectively an applicant communicates, either in writing or through the video format. Close attention should be given to proper grammar, the overall essay structure, and fluent transitions among the subjects addressed, whether in the narrative or the visual effects employed.

Creativity (30%)

Essays that use an imaginative narrative or approach and/or employ original concepts, creative stories or situations to address career objectives and education funding will receive the highest credit. This can be done through language, graphics or animation.

About The Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship

The Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Wilfred B. Mitchell, Donald V. Beall and Eugene Rosen and their dedicated service to NASA Federal Credit Union and its members.

Wilfred Mitchell joined NASA Federal Credit Union in 1959 serving as a volunteer director and as Credit Union president from 1968 to 1972.

Mr. Mitchell used his strong sense of moral values and civic responsibility to promote the philosophy of "people helping people." He received great satisfaction in helping young people prepare for the future - encouraging them to continue with higher education and to practice financial responsibility.

Donald Beall served NASA Federal Credit Union for many years as Credit Union president from 1965 until his death in 1991.

Mr. Beall was known for his strong commitment to the credit union movement. But it was his local commitment to members that most remember, including his advocacy for higher education.

Established in 1983, the scholarship contest recognizes the dedicated service and commitment to our young members that Wilfred Mitchell and Donald Beall conveyed throughout their lives.

Eugene Rosen joined NASA Federal Credit Union in 1961, was elected to the Board in 1962, and served as Treasurer since 1963. Among the many accomplishments for which Mr. Rosen will be remembered is his service to the Mitchell-Beall Memorial Scholarship program.

The program has been re-named the Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Memorial Scholarship Contest to commemorate Mr. Rosen’s significant contributions. Specifically, Mr. Rosen was instrumental in the launching of the program and served as its Chairman until his passing. The Mitchell-Beall-Rosen Scholarship program embodies what Mr. Rosen believed in - helping young members fulfill their educational dreams.

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“By awarding me the scholarship, you have lightened the financial burden of attending Johns Hopkins, which allows me to focus more on getting the best possible education. I really hope that the opportunities at Hopkins help me contribute to the advancements being made in the field of biomedical engineering to help other people. Thank you again for your generosity and support.” 

Alexandra Berges 
Scholarship Winner

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