First Citizens’ Opens its 17th Annual Scholarship Application Period.

Fairhaven, MA  (January 28, 2013) – Starting February 1st applications will be accepted for the 17th Annual First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union’s Barbara Whitehead Silva Scholarship & Champion Family Scholarship Program. In total thirteen $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The program provides graduating seniors from ten local area schools with a $1,000 scholarship awarded to them based on academic achievement, community service and financial need. In addition, one scholarship will be awarded in honor of Barbara Whitehead Silva, former President/ and Chief Executive Officer, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the institution. The remaining two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to immediate family of members with a Champion Checking Account. Champion accounts are exclusively available to teachers, EMT, police, firefighters and healthcare professionals.

Applications are available at all First Citizens’ branch offices or online at Requirements state that the applicant or parent must be a member of First Citizens’ and the applicant must be a high school senior accepted to a college or university for the 2013-2014 academic year. They must submit:

1. A completed application.
2. One page typewritten essay addressing why their major field of study was chosen and how it applies to their career goals, and
3. Comprehensive official transcripts.

Application deadline is April 1, 2013.

About First Citizens FCU
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union is one of the premier financial institutions in southeastern Massachusetts. With corporate offices in Fairhaven, MA, First Citizens’ can trace its roots back to 1937 when it opened its doors as a credit union in Bristol County. Today, with over 63,000 members and assets over $570 million, First Citizens’ has full service offices in New Bedford, Raynham, Taunton, Mattapoisett, Falmouth, Mashpee, Hyannis and Orleans. The credit union offers a complete package of personal and business financial services as well as online and mobile banking. For more information, visit

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