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Get Smart Scholarship Application & Requirements

The application period for the 2020 scholarship has closed. Applications for the 2021 scholarship will open at the beginning of 2021.

Please read all instructions carefully before completing the application.

All applications must be submitted online by May 1, 2020 to receive consideration, and we encourage you to go online prior to the due date to ensure materials have been received.

For more information, call 562-933-0370, or email us at and reference Get Smart Scholarship in the subject line.

All supporting documents, including letters of recommendation and official transcripts (high school and above, for all applicants) must be mailed to:

Attn: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 93124
Long Beach, CA 90809

Supporting documents must be postmarked by May 1, 2020.

To be eligible for a Get Smart Scholarship, the applicant must:

  1. Be eligible for and have established individual Membership with AHFCU. Member number must be the applicant’s own (A relative’s Member number is not acceptable).
  2. Submit a completed application form online
  3. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation:
    • One (1) letter must be from a teacher or administrator who is familiar with the applicant’s academic performance.
    • One (1) letter must be from a community member outside the school setting, who is familiar with the applicant’s participation in community activities, and who is not related to the applicant.
    • The letters must address the four criterion, listed below:
      • Participation in and sensitivity to human, social and civic issues
      • Characteristics such as responsibility, reliability and integrity
      • Academic and vocational potential
      • Special achievements
    • Letters should include name, signature, phone and email of the person submitting the recommendation.
    • Letters should be sent to: Attn: Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 93124, Long Beach, CA 90809
  4. Submit official transcripts (high school & college, for all applicants). We do not keep documents from previous years. All information must be re-submitted each year. If you are a college freshman or sophomore, we must receive your high school transcript & most current college transcripts.
  5. Meet the following criterion:
    • A graduating high school senior or a freshman or sophomore attending an accredited college with 60 credits or less.
    • An “unweighted” Grade Point Average (GPA) reflecting academic achievement of at least a 2.5 average (an unweighted GPA includes coursework that excludes any extra grade points given for AP, IB or Honors classes)
    • Participant in community affairs and a responsible member of society, having characteristic traits such as reliability and integrity
  6. Award recipients must register at an accredited institution of higher learning for the Fall 2020 term
  7. Members of AHFCU’s “Official Family” (AHFCU staff, volunteers, and their immediate family members) are not eligible to participate in the Get Smart Scholarship
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