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Applying for Scholarships

Heading off to college? Take advantage of scholarship opportunities.

Before applying for financing, take advantage of the free sources of funds that may be available to you, such as scholarships.

Members First Credit Union Scholarship Programs

Your credit union awards several scholarships each year in an ongoing effort to aid students in their quest for further education, while honoring those who have served our community and the credit union in ways that will forever be appreciated and remembered.

Applications are available by January 31 each year and must be postmarked or delivered no later than March 31. Winners are notified by June 30.


Among other qualifiers that are unique for each scholarship, every applicant:

  1. Must be a member of Members First Credit Union (in New Hampshire) for at least one year, or have a parent/guardian who has been a member of the credit union for at least one year. Note: Although there are other Members First Credit Unions across the country, qualified applicants must be members of this credit union, located in New Hampshire, specifically.
  2. Must be a full-time student currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university undergraduate program.

A lifetime maximum of two (2) scholarships may be awarded per applicant.

2021 Recipients

This year, we gave away $10,000 in scholarships to 7 students. 

Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!

Members First Credit Union Memorial Scholarship

  • Lela Connors of Manchester (University of Alabama)
  • Hailey Morse of Manchester (Manchester Memorial HS)
  • Ethan Ramm of Amherst (Souhegan HS)

John S. Walsh Memorial Scholarship

  • Alexandra Bessette of Manchester (Bow HS)

Wilbur L. Jenkins Memorial Scholarship

  • Sarah Glennon of Manchester (University of New Hampshire)

Michael L. Briggs Memorial Scholarship

  • Laura Jacques of Manchester (Manchester Memorial HS)
  • Ellie Marr of Manchester (Manchester Central HS)

Members First Credit Union Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 Scholarship

Each year Members First Credit Union awards memorial scholarships representing past members of our Board of Directors, all of whom have served both their communities and Members First in ways that will always be remembered and appreciated.

John S. Walsh Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 Scholarship

Manchester firefighter John S. Walsh founded Members First Credit Union, formerly known as the Manchester Municipal Employees Credit Union, in 1949. In the beginning, John operated the credit union out of his briefcase from the Somerville Street fire station. This scholarship was created to honor Mr. Walsh and his passion for Members First and the entire credit union industry.

Wilbur L. Jenkins Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 Scholarship

Wilbur L. Jenkins served as a Director on the Supervisory Committee of Members First Credit Union for 34 years. Mr. Jenkins was also the first Personnel Director for the City of Manchester. This scholarship was created to honor Mr. Jenkins' unwavering loyalty and dedication to Members First Credit Union.

Michael L. Briggs Memorial Scholarship

$2,500 Scholarship

Officer Michael L. Briggs was a dedicated policeman and five-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department. Wounded in the line of duty, he passed away in October 2006 as a result of those injuries. This scholarship was created to honor Officer Briggs and his heroic dedication to the City of Manchester.

If you have any questions regarding our scholarship programs, please contact Terry Wiegelman at or (603) 641-2440.

Other Scholarship Resources and Tips

Below are a few other resources to explore:

Keep these helpful tips in mind when completing scholarship applications:

  • Follow all instructions
  • Include reference letters
  • Highlight community involvement and charitable work
  • Include job history
  • Be sure to put time, energy and effort into writing essays
  • Watch out for scams