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Raymond A. Vinson Scholarship

Before his death in 1992, Raymond A. Vinson was a nationally recognized credit union pioneer. He helped form more than 40 Florida credit unions (including the Duval County Teachers Credit Union, founded in 1935, now Community First Credit Union of Florida). Vinson's legacy of dedication, compassion and commitment to the credit union movement will forever touch lives. To honor Raymond A. Vinson, Community First annually awards $7,500 in scholarships which is $1,500 annually per student to five college freshman. The scholarship can be renewed by the student for up to four years giving the student a total award of $6,000.

Please fill out and return the scholarship application to the nearest branch location by March 1, 2022

Download Scholarship Application

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a member or dependent of a member of Community First with an account in good standing for at least one year
  • Be an entering college freshman student and under the age of 24 at the application deadline
  • Demonstrate leadership ability and financial need
  • Attend a two-or-four-year public or private accredited college or university,
    preferably within the State of Florida.
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 3.0 (unweighted).
  • Recipient may continue the scholarship on an annual basis until graduation, not to exceed four years. A GPA of at least 2.5 freshman year and 3.0 each succeeding year are required for continued eligibility

Selection criteria:

  • Academic qualifications: A copy of your high school transcript
  • Financial need: Applicants must include completed free application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Interview
  • Essay: 200-word essay explaining how the scholarship will help the applicant attain their educational and financial goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from two of the following people: high school principal, teacher, or guidance counselor; religious or civic leader; and/or a current or former employer.
  • Community and leadership activities: Honors and awards
  • Please direct questions about the Raymond A. Vinson Scholarship to Paula Basihan at Community First Credit Union Headquarters, 904.371.7921

*$1,500 is offered each year, per student, and is renewable for four years. Recipient may continue the scholarship on an annual basis until graduation, not to exceed four years. 

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