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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Merle Hinkle Scholarship Application

Criteria & Requirements

Kelly Community Federal Credit Union awards scholarships annually to graduating high school students selected from applicants within our field of membership who meet the following eligibility requirements:


  1. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or college student who has completed 24 credit hours at an accredited college/university.
  2. Applicant must be a member* in good standing of Kelly Community Federal Credit Union (KCFCU), and/or be related to an immediate family member in good standing at KCFCU. (Immediate family is defined as: spouse, father/mother, father-in-law/mother-in-law, sister/brother, sister-in-law/brother-in-law, son/daughter, stepparent, stepsiblings, stepchildren, grandparent/spouse’s grandparent.) A minimum of 180 calendar days of KCFCU membership is required prior to date of application.
  3. If applicant is a graduating high school senior, all high school transcripts through the fall semester of the applicant’s senior year will be required with the application. Home-schooled graduating seniors must provide an original, notarized copy of their transcript. Originals are required; no copies are accepted.
  4. High school applicants must plan to attend an accredited 4-year college or university or a 2-year accredited community college.
  5. College student applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college, college, or university. A certified copy of the applicant’s college transcripts from the school’s registrar’s office is required along with current semester’s class schedule showing proof of full-time status as an enrolled student.
  6. Applicant will be judged based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
    • GPA
    • Academic Achievement
    • Community Involvement
    • Leadership
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Essay
    *KCFCU employees, officials, and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  7. Upon evidence of the chosen scholarship recipient(’s/s’) enrollment and/or acceptance into an accredited college, university, or community college, the scholarship funds will be paid by Kelly Community Federal Credit Union to the school where the student is enrolled to attend.
  8. Scholarship funds awarded must be applied toward tuition and other customary fees and/or charges associated with registration for classes at an accredited college, university, or community college for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. (Please Note: If the school the scholarship recipient is attending provides all funds necessary to attend [i.e. one of the U.S. military academies] the recipient is not eligible to apply for, or receive, funds from the Kelly Community Merle Hinkle Scholarship.)
  9. Selection of scholarship award recipients will be determined by a judging committee made up of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, one other Board Member, and the CEO of the Credit Union.
  10. The application must be typed.
  11. The applicant’s essay must be typed, double-spaced, and a word count of 500-1,000 words.
  12. Deadline for receiving the completed application is Monday, April 15, 2022, 4:30 PM CST.
  13. Scholarship winners agree to allow Kelly Community Federal Credit Union the right to publish or display their name, photo, school name, city of residence, and their essay for public relations purposes.


Attach three written recommendations. Recommendations cannot be from a family member and at least one must be from a teacher/instructor.


Attach an original copy of your transcripts:

  • High School Seniors: Include high school transcript (including Fall semester grades of Senior year).
  • Home-schooled Graduating Seniors: Provide an original, notarized copy of transcript.
  • College Students: An original transcript from your school’s registrar’s office is required.
  • Only original transcripts are accepted, no copies.


Attach an essay explaining your volunteering experiences and what they have meant to you. Please detail the outcomes of your volunteer experiences. (500-1,000 words; typed, double-spaced)

Application Submission

Mail completed Application, Recommendations, Transcripts, and Essay to:

Kelly Community Federal Credit Union
RE: 2021 Scholarship Application
2105 W. Grande Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75703

All information must be included in the submission package and postmarked by Monday, April 19, 2021.

Scholarship Submission Checklist

Please make sure the following have been included in your submission package:

  • Typed Application
  • Typed Essay (1,000 words maximum)
  • Three Recommendation Letters
  • High School Transcripts



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