Spring Video Essay Contest

Keystone Federal Credit Union awards three scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 each year to three high school seniors from Chester or a contiguous county. The scholarships are awarded based on the results of an essay contest. Keystone has been sponsoring the annual contest since 1997.

To be eligible to enter the competition, a student must be a senior at a school within our field of membership or have an account with Keystone FCU. The student must also attend an accredited institution offering a minimum of a two-year degree program in the fall. Keystone FCU's field of membership includes all public schools and selected private schools located in Chester and contiguous counties. Employees and employee's family members of Keystone Federal Credit Union are not eligible to enter the contest.

Topic Elements of Video Essay:

  • Keystone Federal Credit Union (KFCU)
  • KFCU Youth Products
  • Other helpful KFCU services that are beneficial to students.

The Credit Union has suggested that students interview adult relatives and friends and ask them how credit unions and a good credit history have helped them, or perhaps how a bad credit history or poor financial decisions have hurt them. Keystone also suggests research using multiple sources, which may include the internet, newspapers, magazines, and consumer credit councils.

The contest runs from February 1st through the beginning of April each year. The exact deadline is released on January 31st of each year.

Length of Essay: Two minute, video essays only. Have someone record you with a video camera, webcam, or smartphone.

Cover Page: Contestants must complete the Official Cover Sheet & Disclaimer and email it with their essays. The contestant's name, school, and district must not be included anywhere within the video presentation. If identifying personal information is included in the essay, the entry will be disqualified.

For additional information and copies of the official contest instructions, students are urged to contact their guidance office or visit Keystone's website at www.keystonefcu.org.