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Scholarships & Awards

CAP COM rewards talented young members and incredible educators annually.

Talented young people and the incredible educators who guide their quest for knowledge make our world a better place.

CAP COM proudly celebrates our community’s best and brightest by granting more than $80,000 scholarships and awards annually to nearly 40 people. We're honored to help promising local students pay for their college education.

Key Dates

Scholarship & Award applications are typically available in March and April. Judges select winners in May and announce them in June. Check back for specifics in 2021.

Legacy Scholarships

Value: $2,500 each

Quantity: 20 scholarships

Eligibility: CAP COM members who are high school seniors or college students through age 25 pursuing an undergraduate degree.1

Honoring: Paula A. Stopera for her contributions as CAP COM’s longtime President/CEO; Weidner “Ed” Davis, a founding father of CAP COM; and Ed Gilligan, a former CAP COM Board President.

Legacy Scholarships

2020 Winners

Adam B. (SUNY Binghamton)
Morgan B. (East Carolina University)
Andrew B. (SUNY Geneseo)
Madison C. (HVCC)
Sofia C. (University at Albany)
Lleyton E. (Yale University)
Jack G. (University at Buffalo)
Henry H. (University at Albany)
Morgan M. (Marist College)
Makaila M. (SUNY Plattsburgh)

Marie M. (New York University)
Patrick M. (College of the Holy Cross)
Meghan Alyse P. (University at Albany)
Brandon P. (University at Albany)
Bella R. (University of Denver)
Hannah R. (SUNY Oswego)
Noelle S. (Siena College)
Zion S. (Cornell University)
Grace S. (HVCC)
Bryan S. (Siena College)

Technology Scholarships

Technology Scholarships

Value: $2,500 each

Quantity: 1 scholarship

Eligibility: CAP COM members who are high school seniors or college students through age 25 pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science or information technology.1

Honoring: Former CAP COM board member Art Goedeke for his enthusiasm for computers and technology.

2020 Winner

Evan S. (Tufts University)

Reinvestment Into Learning Scholarships

Value: $2,500 each

Quantity: 4 scholarships

Eligibility: Eligibility: CAP COM members age 26 or older who are pursuing an undergraduate degree.1

Notable: This new scholarship is designed for people returning to school after some time away from high school or college.

Reinvestment into Learning Scholarships

2020 Winners

Amanda E. (SUNY New Paltz)
Megan S. (Excelsior College)

Melissa S. (HVCC)
Alyssa May V. (HVCC)

Trade School Scholarships

Trade Scholarships

Value: $2,500 each

Quantity: 4 scholarships

Eligibility: CAP COM members who are high school seniors or students through age 25 planning to attend or attending a trade school.1

Honoring: Tony Celeste, who valued skilled trades performed by people with a strong work ethic.

2020 Winners

Jasmine G. (HVCC)
Michael P. (Modern Welding School)

Adam P. (Modern Welding School)
Joseph R. (HVCC)

Making a Difference Awards

Value: $1,000 each plus $100 to a charity of the winner's choice

Quantity: 6 awards for students; 3 awards for teachers

Eligibility: Students between the age of 13-18 and individuals in the field of education can be nominated.1

Notable: This award recognizes students and teachers who are devoted to helping others. Nominate a student or teacher and tell us how they are making a difference.

Making a Difference Awards

2020 Winners - Students

Elizabeth G. (Euclid Academy Homeschool)
William G. (HVCC)
Debron J. (ASH Middle School)

Elizabeth S. (Loudonville Christian School)
Andrea T. (Academy of the Holy Names)
Alvira T. (Shaker High School)

2020 Winners - Teachers

Kristen C. (Albany Leadership Charter HS for Girls)
Rico F. (Maple Hill Jr/Sr HS)
Dr. Teresa H. (Green Tech HS/MS)

  1. The CAP COM Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID #54-2071140. Your contribution may be tax deductible. Seek advice from a tax advisor for tax deductibility.

  2. To be eligible, you must be a member of CAP COM Federal Credit Union when you submit your application. Winners of scholarships granted by the CAP COM Cares Foundation within the past two years are not eligible. Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Each applicant is limited to one scholarship per year. Full-time and part-time employees of CAP COM and its subsidiaries, volunteers, and their immediate families are not eligible. Seasonal or temporary employees who are members of CAP COM are eligible to apply. Essays must be 500 words or fewer. If an essay is longer, judges will only read the first 500 words. All application material must be received by May 15, 2020. All applicants will be notified of our decision by June 15, 2020. For Legacy Scholarships, you must be at least a graduating high school senior through the age of 25 and must be studying or planning to study for an undergraduate degree. For Technology Scholarship, you must be at least a graduating high school senior through the age of 25 and pursuing a degree in computer science or information technology. For Trade Scholarships, you must be at least a graduating high school senior through the age of 25 and enrolled in a trade school. For Reinvestment into Learning Scholarships, you must be at least age 26 and pursuing an undergraduate degree.