16th Annual Vern Hyde Scholarship

Offering College, University, and Trade School Opportunities

The 2023 Vern Hyde Scholarship is awarded by Community West Credit Union to four area students for the fall 2023 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 and supplies. To be considered, apply by 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

High school senior: $2,000 Scholarship

High school senior runner-up: $1,500 Scholarship

Current college student: $1,000 Scholarship

Trade program: $1,000 Scholarship

Must be a member in good standing for 12 months at time of funds disbursement. Eligibility is limited to high school seniors or current college students who live or attend school in Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, or Ottawa counties. The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. 

Congratulations to the 2022 Vern Hyde Scholarship recipients!

1st Place High School Senior

Caroline Bell: Caroline is the recipient of the $2,000 Grand Prize High School scholarship. A graduate of Forest Hills Central High School, Caroline will be attending Purdue University in the fall to pursue a degree in Finance.

High School Senior Runner-up

Anna Benedict: Anna is the recipient of the $1,500 High School Runner-Up scholarship. A graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School, Anna will attend Liberty University in the fall to pursue a degree in Kinesiology.

Current College Student

Natalie Hammer: Natalie is the winner of the $1,000 College Student scholarship. Natalie graduated from Rockford High School and is currently pursuing degrees in Social Work and German at Hope College.

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