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Scholarship Opportunities

2019 Donald Jeffers Scholarship

Sharefax Credit Union would like to award two (2) high school seniors or current college students $500 for the upcoming school year in the name of Donald Jeffers. To be considered, submit an essay on “Describe who has been the primary source of your financial education.  Who or what has given you the information you now possess to manage your current and future finances?  Please describe how you learned what you now know and what benefits there have been from that knowledge.  Please also describe any pitfalls you have encountered as well!  Finally, what sets you apart from other students you encounter in your educational setting?” The deadline for the 2019 Donald Jeffers Scholarship was February 14, 2019.

Entries must be post-marked by February 14, 2019 to:
Sharefax Credit Union, Attn: Raye Kimberlin
7443 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040
or via email at

The winners will be presented their scholarship at the Annual Meeting on April 14, 2019. All entrants must be a full time student this coming fall and be a Sharefax member in good standing. Sharefax employees, directors, vendors and their immediate families are not eligible.

To receive notices of the Donald Jeffers Scholarship, sign up for SCU email updates.

Cincinnati Area Credit Union Outreach Alliance Scholarship

The deadline for the 2018 CACUOA Scholarship was February 15, 2018.

Please check back for information regarding the 2019 CACUOA Scholarship.

Ohio Credit Union Foundation 2018 Video Scholarship

  • The deadline for the 2018 Ohio Credit Union Foundation Video Scholarship was Monday, April 30, 2018.
  • Video finalists, selected by a judging panel, will appear on the website and the scholarship winner will be announced May 31.
  • Please check back for information regarding the 2019 Ohio Credit Union Foundation Video Scholarship.

Donald Jeffers Memorial Scholarship

Sharefax Credit Union awarded 2 students with a $500 scholarship for the upcoming school year in

the name of Donald Jeffers. To be considered, students must be a high school senior or current college

student.  Each applicant also had to submit an essay describing their primary source of financial

education and how they used this information to manage their current finances and to plan for their

future finances.

Nathan Grant

Our first award recipient is Nathan Grant. Nathan is a sophomore at Harvard College. Nathan’s essay shared research and information about the importance of financial literacy for the younger generation. He stated that both of his parents were his primary source for his education about money.  He stated that “Watching and listening to his parents made him curious about earning, budgeting, and saving money, and his curiosity prompted him to ask many questions. Discussions with his parents, classes at school, resources from his credit union, and the opportunity to be employed have given him information to manage current and future finances. With help from these sources, he has learned how to create a budget, monitor spending, and manage a checking and savings account. His financial education has empowered him to make wise financial decisions on his own.” Nathan is pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Social Anthropology and hopes to one day work in medicine to help patients with genetic conditions and their families. We wish him continued success in his college career.

Omar Larios, Jr.

Our second award recipient is a senior at Lebanon High School, Omar Larios. Omar described that the primary source of his financial education is the Personal Finance curriculum at Lebanon High School, funded by Sharefax Credit Union. The course follows the foundations of financial literacy program created by Dave Ramsey. He learned about credit cards, budgeting, the stock market, investments, and types of savings accounts. Omar stated in his essay that “Creating a budget has been helpful as for his personal budget daily. He learned that an important part in a personal budget is giving back to the community. Being financially prepared for college would allow him to focus on being an expert in finance to give future customers the best advice with their finances. He is a leader in his school as he serves as State President for the Ohio Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Treasurer for Teen Leaders Crew. Omar plans to graduate in 2018 and will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this fall.



The winners were presented their scholarship at the Annual Meeting on April 15, 2018. All entrants must be a full time student this coming fall and be a Sharefax  member in good standing. Sharefax employees, directors, vendors and their immediate families are not eligible.

To receive notices of the Donald Jeffers Scholarship, sign up for SCU email updates!


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