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Scholarships & Awards

CAP COM rewards talented young members and incredible educators annually.

Key Dates

  • March 1: Scholarship & Award applications are available. See categories below to download your application.
  • April 30: Application deadline.
  • May: Judges review applications.
  • May 31 or before: Winners will be notified

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.

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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.

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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.

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Reinvestment into Learning Scholarships
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.

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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.

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Making a Difference Awards

2020 Legacy Scholarship 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)


2020 Technology Scholarship Winner

Evan S. (Tufts University)


2020 Reinvestment Into Learning Scholarship Winners

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

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


2020 Trade Scholarship Winners

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

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


2020 Making A Difference Teacher Winners

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


2020 Making a Difference Student Winners

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)

Paying for College

CAP COM helps high school students and their families with the daunting task of this major investment. Join Certified College Funding Specialists Kim Donah and Ryan Chenot for this on demand webinar.

Download the Monthly Budgeting Worksheet (PDF)

  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 for any of these scholarships, you must be a member of CAP COM Federal Credit Union when you submit your application. Winners of scholarships or awards 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 April 30, 2021. All applicants will be notified of our decision by May 31, 2021. 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.