Scholarship Program

     

Apply for your chance at $1,000 towards your college tuition! APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MAY 1, 2021

Are you a Spectrum CU member and a graduating high school senior? You should apply for the 2021 David P. Smay Scholarship!

The scholarship is named in honor of David P. Smay, III, who was well-loved and hailed as a leader in every position he held in his 40-year career with Chevron Corporation.

Applications are being accepted through April 30, 2021, and it’s is easier than ever to apply this year with our new electronic submission process.

Just complete the form on this page with your contact information and upload two documents:

  • A thoughtful essay with a title (double-spaced, two pages maximum, eleven point font minimum) on this topic: “If you had to be either a diamond with a flaw or a pebble without a flaw, which would you choose? Why?”
  • Your transcript(s) reflecting all four years of high school, including your cumulative, un-weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale

Eligibility

To apply, you (the student) must be:

  • A Spectrum CU member with all accounts in good standing (If you are not a member, please complete an online membership application or visit your local branch to join)
  • A graduating high school senior, 19 years of age or younger

Submission instructions

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the form below
  • Scholarship submissions must include your name, Spectrum CU member number, home address, phone number, email address, name of the post-secondary school you plan to attend, and your college student ID number (if available)
  • The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021

 

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Winners will be announced online and via email on or around May 31, 2021.

The Credit Union will award a David P. Smay Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for each winning submission. Funds will be disbursed directly to the winners’ chosen schools. Winners will need to supply the shipping address for the school office/department that receives outside scholarship funds.

Please email us at scholarships@spectrumcu.org or call us at 510-251-6000 or 800-782-8782 if you have any questions.

 


We understand the importance of education. That's why we invest in students to help them reach their goals.

 

The David P. Smay Scholarship
David P. Smay, III had an acclaimed 40-year career with Chevron Corporation. He was well-loved and hailed as a leader in every position he held. He resigned as a lieutenant in the US Navy, retired as General Credit Manager and Treasurer for Chevron, and finished his career as a Board Member of the Chevron Retirees Association. He was a true inspiration to all who met him.

This scholarship is named in his honor and is given to graduating high school students who exemplify the values of high academics and leadership in the community.

Every spring, Spectrum Credit Union awards a David P. Smay scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to each winning applicant.

2020 David P. Smay Scholarship winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 David P. Smay Scholarship!

Rahul Chawlani
Katy, Texas
Cinco Ranch High School

Richard Deng
San Ramon, California
Dougherty Valley High School

Natalie Lorz
Benicia, California
Benicia High School

Brent Malde
El Dorado Hills, California
Oak Ridge High School

Callie McCoffery
Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield High School

Weldon “Tre” Miles III
Richmond, California
St. Mary’s College High School

Madison Siclait
Richmond, Texas
Achieve Early College High School

Marie Siclait
Richmond, Texas
Achieve Early College High School

Ashley Smelley
Houston, Texas
Memorial High School

Sydney Vaughn
Castro Valley, California
Bishop O’Dowd High School

Lauren Witte
Pearland, Texas
Glenda Dawson High School

Melonie Yue
Houston, Texas
Memorial High School

           

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