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ESL College Scholarship

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

ESL has been committed to supporting our community for over 100 years. As an organization founded by George Eastman, we’re inspired by his legacy of enriching the Greater Rochester Community. That’s why at ESL we have a Purpose, a reason why we exist.

At ESL our Purpose is to help our community thrive and prosper. One of the many ways we do this is by investing in the education of our youth. An essential ingredient to making Rochester a better place to live, work, and raise a family is student success. The ESL College Scholarship helps offset the costs of a college education and recognizes the achievements of students who make positive contributions to our community.

Student Stories


  • Exhibits behaviors and traits consistent with ESL Core Values.

    ESL Core Values:
    • Accountability
    • Caring About People
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Teamwork
  • Active in their community through extracurricular activities, volunteerism, collaboration, creativity, service, or leadership.
  • Enthusiasm to help their community thrive and prosper.


  • Member in good standing at ESL Federal Credit Union.
  • High school seniors in the Greater Rochester area during 2020/2021 school year.
  • Attending accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021.


We will recognize ten students who demonstrate how they help their community thrive and prosper in a unique and meaningful way. These ten students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Winners will be notified by May 3, 2021.

Submission Requirements

  • Complete Application
  • Official Transcript (copies will not be accepted)
  • Resume
    • List Awards/Honors, Activities, Community Service, and Work Experience
  • Essay
    • Provide an example or story of how you help or have helped your community thrive and prosper.
    • Your community could mean your neighborhood, your family, your school, your place of worship, your group of friends, etc.
    • One page only, double spaced, typed, 11-pt. font.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • One letter from a school official, coach, or community/volunteer organization where you volunteered.
    • Clearly illustrates their support for the student to receive this scholarship.
    • No more than one page.

Submission Instructions

Deliver your complete application and the required documents to one of our [current branch count] convenient branch locations OR mail to the address below (must be postmarked by March 8, 2021):

The 2021 ESL Federal Credit Union
College Scholarship
PO Box 92714
Rochester, NY 14692-8814

Learn more about additional scholarship opportunities supported by ESL Federal Credit Union.

Applicant must have an ESL account in his/her name and be a member in good standing at ESL; be enrolled as a high school senior for the 2020/2021 school year, and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2021. A complete application must be delivered to an ESL branch or postmarked by March 8, 2021. All applications must be complete to be considered. ESL is not obligated to contact applicants regarding incomplete or late applications. Family members of ESL employees, Board members, ESL Trust Services, ESL Investment Services, LLC or Cooper/Haims Advisors, LLC are not eligible. ESL Federal Credit Union is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, ineligible or postage-due mail.