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Charles M. Cook Scholarship


Each year, Partners 1st awards scholarships in time for fall enrollment to members to help offset the cost of higher education. The Charles M. Cook Scholarship program was designed for qualified individuals who are in pursuit of educational advancement.

  • The applicant must become a member of Partners 1st Federal Credit Union, if not already
  • The applicant must be a high school senior* or full-time undergraduate student
  • The person(s) primarily responsible for the applicant must be a Partners 1st member in good standing
  • Officials, employees, spouses, and immediate family of members, officials, and employees of Partners 1st are not eligible

*A high school student must have met the requirements to graduate or graduate by the end of the current school year.


The Committee judges candidates on the basis of merit and need as shown by high school or college records, participation, and leadership roles in extra-curricular activities; and evidence of strong character and motivation as seen in the student’s life outside the school.

Ready to apply? View the 2024 Charles M. Cook Scholarship Application, type out your answers in the PDF, and return by mail by May 31 to:

Partners 1st Federal Credit Union

c/o Charles M. Cook Scholarship Program

1330 Directors Row

Fort Wayne, IN 46808


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