The 2020 Vern Hyde Scholarship will be awarded by Community West Credit Union to four area students for the fall 2020 semester: two scholarships to current high school seniors starting college in the fall, one to a current college student, and one to a current high school senior attending a trade program upon graduation. The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge and reward outstanding efforts in leadership, volunteerism and community involvement. The scholarships will be awarded in the form of a check presented directly to the college, university, or trade program to help offset the cost of tuition and/or books.

High school senior: $2,000 Scholarship

High school senior: $1,500 Scholarship

Current college student: $1,000 Scholarship

Trade program*: $1,000 Scholarship


The 2020 Vern Hyde Scholarship is closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Applicants will be notified by May 1st.



Community West Credit Union membership required. Applicants must be in good standing for 12 months at the time of scholarship disbursement. *Available to current high school students attending a trade program upon graduation. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Vern Hyde Scholarship recipients!

1st Place High School Senior

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Evan Sidebotham: Evan is the recipient of our $1,500 Grand Prize scholarship. A graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School, Evan will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall.

High School Senior Runner-up

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Katherine Bell: Katherine is the recipient of our $500 scholarship for high school seniors. She graduated from Forest Hills Central High School and plans to attend Purdue University in the fall.

Current College Student

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Mikayla Fankhauser: Mikayla is currently a student at Grand Rapids Community College and is the recipient of our $500 scholarship for college students. Mikayla is working toward an Associate’s Degree of Arts & Sciences.

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