NWFCU Foundation awards $105,000 in scholarships

HERNDON, VA (July 9, 2021) — The NWFCU Foundation, in partnership with the CIA Retirees Association (CIRA), awarded $105,000 in scholarships to twenty one young scholars as part of their annual Ben DeFelice, CIRA, Financial Awareness Network and Need-Based Scholarship Programs. This year’s program was particularly competitive, with a record 435 applications.

“Each year we are so impressed by the many talented and exceptional students who apply for NWFCU Foundation scholarships. Once again, this year’s record pool of applicants left us all awed by their dedication to scholastics, family and support of their communities,” said Executive Director of the NWFCU Foundation, Kaycee Childress. “This year’s scholarship winners are all incredible young people with amazing futures ahead of them, and we are all so thrilled to recognize their accomplishments.”

Recently, the Foundation held a virtual awards ceremony honoring each of the recipients, giving them an opportunity to be recognized by their family, friends and peers for their amazing accomplishments. The 2021 recipients truly represent the best of the best, not only in their academic achievements, but also in their dedication and contributions to school, family and community.

“We’re so pleased to be able award a total scholarship amount of $105,000 to twenty-one deserving recipients to pursue their dreams through higher education,” said President and CEO of Northwest Federal Credit Union and Chairman of NWFCU Foundation, Jeff Bentley. “We could not do this without the support of our generous donors, who allow us to assist such a bright, talented group of students.”

The NWFCU Foundation continues to grow its scholarship program through donations and fundraising, such as the annual Drive for the Driven golf tournament. Learn more about the Scholarship Program and how your support can help make college dreams come true.

2021 Scholarship Winners

About Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation

The NWFCU Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was established in 2004 to promote and manage Northwest Federal Credit Union’s philanthropic activities. The mission of the NWFCU Foundation is to empower youth to achieve their goals by helping them learn, excel and celebrate life and by supporting their health, well-being and education. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law for those who itemize deductions. For more information, visit

About Northwest Federal Credit Union

Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 60 credit unions in the Nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal’s Why is to serve and inspire to transform lives. The Credit Union currently serves more than 260,000 members (and has assets in excess of $4 billion). For more information, visit or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.


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