2022 Annual Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Important: To be eligible to apply for the Security First Credit Union scholarship, the applicant must be a member. If you do not have an account yet with us, please stop by any of our eight community branches to open your account by 12/31/2021.

Congratulations to our 2021 Security First Credit Union Scholarship Recipients!
Thank you to all the outstanding students who applied! Security First Credit Union (SFCU) recognizes the value of education in our communities. Each year, SFCU awards five (5) $1,000 scholarships to students throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Ruben Moreno – Katy, TX

My name is Ruben Moreno, a 2021 graduate from Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. I will be attending Texas A&M University at College Station this fall to pursue a degree in Nutritional Sciences. Although I enjoyed my time in high school, I am excited to start working towards my career as a Physician Assistant, where I can fulfill my passion in helping others.

Alina Armendariz – Brownsville, TX

I am from Brownsville, Texas, and I am a graduate of Veterans Memorial High School. This fall, I will be attending the University of Texas in Austin to major in architecture and architectural engineering. I have spent my time in high school giving back to the community and participating in academic events. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead!

Gabriel Banda – San Benito, TX

Gabriel Banda is a 2021 Homer Hanna Early College High School graduate. He will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall to pursue a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Business. Gabriel plans to continue keeping music a part of his life by joining the Longhorn Pep Band as a saxophone player. His dream is to work in the space industry one day.

Alexandra Trevino – Brownsville, TX

My name is Alexandra Trevino, and I am pursuing a degree in English at Our Lady of the Lake University as well as obtaining a teacher certification for grades 7-12.

After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending graduate school to become a speech pathologist. I was born to immigrant parents in Brownsville, TX.

I’ve lived in Brownsville my whole life, where I’ve done various forms of volunteer work and gone to school. I am the youngest in my family and will be the 4th teacher out of 5 members in my family. I am graduating in the top 5% of my class in Rivera Early College High School.

Matthew Cedillo – Edinburg, TX

Hello, my name is Matthew Cedillo, and I am one of the recipients of the Security First Credit Union Scholarship. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and I plan on continuing my studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

I was born and raised here in the Valley with my sister. Growing up, I was always in sports, and I continued playing during my academic career until I got injured and decided to focus on my studies.

Furthermore, ever since I was young, I have always found a fascination with puzzles, and this led to gain interest in engineering. The engineers are the problem-solvers of our communities, so I hope one day to make a positive impact on my own community.

Finally, I would like to thank Security First for gifting me this scholarship to allow me to pursue my education at the next level.

Application Details

How To Apply

Submission Options:

You are welcome to submit your application and required documentation any time between August 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. If submitting on the deadline date of Monday, January 31, 2022, make sure to note the cut-off times listed below for each submission option.

Branch Drop-off

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