Are you looking to take the next step in your education or career path? SAFE offers an annual scholarship opportunity to its members and members of Corning Credit Union. Whether your goal is to focus on higher education, enlist, or anything in between, scholarship applications are accepted each spring.



Program Summary


Each year, the StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment (SAFE) awards a minimum of $20,000 in scholarships to hard-working individuals looking to further their education or career. Ideal candidates value and make contributions toward:


  • Helping people
  • Serving the underserved
  • Making an impact in and giving back to their community

 

Program Eligibility


The SAFE Scholarship Program is open to any SAFE member or Corning Credit Union member who is in good standing and over the age of 16, and has established plans in the next 12 months to take the next step in their education, development, or career, including vocational studies and/or military enrollment. Please note, past recipients of a SAFE scholarship are not eligible for a second award.


After submitting your application, you will be contacted by May 31 either by phone or email with your application result. If selected for a scholarship, you will be asked to provide the following before any award is distributed:


  • A completed and signed W-9
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance (college or trade school bill, course schedule, etc.)
  • A copy of your government issued identification


Application Process

Applications are now being accepted!

To proceed and complete an application, please click here. If the link does not work, please copy and paste https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SAFE_Scholarship_2024 into your browser window.

Alternatively, a PDF application may be downloaded below and submitted to any Corning Credit Union branch or by mail to:

     StraightTalk Association for Financial Empowerment

     Attn: Scholarship Program

     14 East Market Street, Suite 212

     Corning, New York 14830

Scholarship Application Review Committee

We are always seeking SAFE member volunteers to join our Scholarship Application Review Committee to assist with reviewing and scoring applications. If you're interested in learning more, please click here.

Past Winners:

Aiyana Miles, 2023

Kerrigan Driskell, 2023

Anna Grace Eling, 2023

Sarah Hunt, 2023

Hailey Hubbard, 2023

Melanie Degraw, 2023

Kylie Moore, 2023

Kystle Creston Smith, 2023

Ian Long, 2023

Ivan Marjanovic, 2023

Emma Bailey, 2022

Traci Johnson, 2022

Ismael Urbina, 2022

James Gensel, 2022

Andrew Bo, 2022

Autumn Skillman, 2022

Michael DeMeritt, 2022

Analeigh Urbina, 2022

Isabella Voorhees, 2022

Adam Zaborsky, 2021

Alison Klee, 2021

Ashleigh Woodcock, 2021

Ashley Johnson, 2021

Brooke Yorio, 2021

Christine McDow, 2021

Emma Brown, 2021

Fayth Jenkins, 2021

Samantha Lewis, 2021

Sophie Kartzman, 2021

Tara Simmon, 2021 

Amanda Flick, 2020

Jennifer Simpson, 2020

Anneliese Probeck, 2020

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

Congratulations to: