Scholarship Program

The 2021 Scholarship Contest is now closed.

We received an overwhelming number of great candidates this year and would like to thank all of the participants and our Scholarship Committee for their hardwork. All participants have been notified about their application status. Please check back for an official announcement regarding the chosen 2021 Scholarship Award recipients.

Your Dreams Are Within Reach 

Our scholarship program brings eligible students closer to achieving their academic endeavors by providing up to $4,000 in scholarships annually. 

Participate in the Scholarship Contest, and you could earn awards that can be used to pay for school expenses, such as tuition, books, computers, and more. Apply today by submitting a scholarship application along with a written essay or video on a qualifying topic. Eligibility restrictions apply. Review Details Here

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Scholarship Contest Information 

Available Awards

Viriva Provides up to $4,000 in Total Awards Annually

  • Two (2) $1,000 Scholarships to be awarded to qualifying high school seniors entering their freshman year of college or trade/technical school
  • One (1) $1,000 Scholarship to be awarded to a qualifying college or trade/technical school student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • Two (2) $500 High School Scholarships to be awarded to qualifying high school students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year

Student members with a minimum GPA of 2.5 that are beginning or continuing their education in high school, trade/technical school, or college may be eligible to participate in Viriva's Scholarship Contest. 

Applicants MUST be a primary member of Viriva (defined as a primary Savings Account holder) before the scholarship deadline. Immediate family members of Scholarship Committee members cannot apply for the scholarship during the year served. Staff, volunteers, and their immediate family members are not qualified.

► Highschool Program Eligibility

  • 8th-grade students entering high school 
  • Existing high school students in their Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior year

► College Program Eligibility

  • High school seniors entering their Freshman year of college or trade school

► Continuing College Program Eligibility

  • College students with no break in their education entering their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year of college or trade school

Who is eligible to join Viriva?

  • Anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or volunteers in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania
  • Immediate family members of existing members

► How to join:

Interested scholarship applicants who are not currently members of Viriva may apply for membership any time before the scholarship deadline. The membership requirement is a minimum $5 deposit to open a Savings Account. Connect With Us for more information.

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Become a member

► Interested Scholarship Applicants Can Join

Interested scholarship applicants who are not current members of Viriva may apply for membership at any time before the scholarship deadline. To join, open a Share Savings Account with a minimum deposit of $5.00 to become a primary member of Viriva. 

Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or volunteers in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania. Immediate family members of existing members are also eligible for membership.

► Why Join Viriva? 

  • When it comes to banking – owning is better! We are a different kind of financial institution. When you join Viriva, you become a shareholder (member-owner) along with all of our other members. It doesn’t matter if you have $5.00 or $500,000 in your account!
  • We exist to serve our members, not to make a profit. Surplus income gets returned to our members in the form of lower service fees, higher interest rates on deposit accounts, and lower loan rates! We are what’s called a "Not-for-profit financial cooperative."
  • We believe in People Helping People. The credit union industry as a whole was built on the principle of “people helping people”, which we at Viriva try to live and breathe in our words and actions on a daily basis.

Learn More About the Viriva Difference

Awards and Award Acceptance

► Scholarship Awards Ceremony - Attendance Required

Viriva hosts a Scholarship Awards Ceremony during our Annual Meeting. The 2021 Annual Meeting will take place later this year due to the pandemic. Members will be notified at least 90 days in advance with details about the meeting and scholarship ceremony. 

The chosen scholarship recipients may be required to attend the Annual Meeting and Scholarship Ceremony. If the recipient cannot attend due to a verifiable conflict, a representative from the family may attend on the recipient's behalf.  

Recipients will have the opportunity to share an excerpt of their essay or video with our meeting attendees.  

► Award Acceptance

The proceeds of our scholarship will be paid in two equal installments. The funds will be deposited into the recipient's Viriva Savings Account upon the recipient taking the action steps listed below. Failure to submit all of the necessary documentation promptly will result in a forfeit of the scholarship award without further notification.

  • First Installment: 
    • Submit a copy of your roster/class schedule for the upcoming 2021 Fall Semester or enrollment letter from the school in which you will be attending 
    • Submit documentation showing a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher

  • Second Installment:
    • Submit a copy of your 2021 Fall Semester final grade report/transcript
    • Submit documentation showing a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher

► Use of Awards 

Use the Viriva Scholarship awards to alleviate various education costs. 

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Computers
  • Room & Board
  • And much more
Complete contest rules

Scholarship Guidelines for Both Video and Essay Submission:

  • Must be a member of Viriva on or before the scholarship deadline
  • Content must be about one of the qualified topics
  • Must submit a completed application form
  • Must submit a typed essay or video file
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher

By submitting an essay/video to this contest, you grant Viriva an irrevocable, royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display and perform publicly and otherwise use, as well as authorize others to use your video for any educational purpose and in any media format.

Viriva reserves the right to make your essay/video and or your name and photograph available to the general public from our Web sites, other Internet sites associated with Viriva, newsletters, conferences, television, and other forms of media outlets.

Completed applications can be submitted through Viriva's Kaleidoscope Online Scholarship App or Download The Paper Application. Please submit your paper applications to; mail them to 1423 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19102, c/o Marketing Department; or drop them off at any Viriva branch location on or before the scholarship deadline.

Additional Rules for Essay Entries Only:

  • Must be a minimum of 1500 words
  • Must be typed
  • Must refrain from using the applicant's last name within the written essay.

Additional Rules for Video Entries Only:

  • Must refrain from using the applicant's last name in the video
  • Must submit the video electronically via email and hard disk to Viriva on or before the contest deadline
  • Must have permission to use all content that’s filmed and must not infringe on any third party rights
  • Videos must not exceed 10 minutes in length and 128GB in total size
  • Video must be in: .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP or WebM file formats (Videos that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified from this contest.)
  • No depiction of violence, profanity, sex, or the inclusion of attacks on individuals or organizations, and otherwise offensive material, will be deemed unacceptable and will otherwise result in disqualification from this contest.