Are you looking to take the next step in your education or career path? SAFE offers an annual scholarship opportunity to its members and members of Corning Credit Union. Whether your goal is to focus on higher education, enlist, or anything in between, scholarship applications are accepted each spring.



Program Summary


Each year, the StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment (SAFE) awards a minimum of $5,000 in scholarships to hard-working individuals looking to further their education or career. Ideal candidates value and make contributions toward:


  • Helping people
  • Serving the underserved
  • Making an impact in and giving back to their community

 

Program Eligibility


The SAFE Scholarship Program is open to any SAFE member or Corning Credit Union member who is in good standing and over the age of 16. The member must have established plans to take the next step in their education, development, or career, including vocational studies and/or military enrollment.


Please be advised that identification, signature, and proof of enrollment or acceptance will be required before any award is distributed.


Application Process

The application deadline for this year's scholarship program has passed.

Check back in early 2022 for more information about how to apply for next year's scholarship.




Scholarship Application Review Committee

We are always seeking SAFE member volunteers to join our Scholarship Application Review Committee to assist with reviewing and scoring applications. If you're interested in learning more, please click here.

2021 Winners


This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.


Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities. A total of $40,000 was awarded to this group of deserving applicants.


Congratulations to:


Adam Zaborsky, 2021

Adam displays an amazing drive to give back and has been involved with his local VA medical center for several years. He intends to enroll in a dentistry program and hopes to continue volunteering in his local VA and underserved communities upon entering the work force. Congratulations, Adam!

 

Alison Klee, 2021

Alison has been heavily involved in her local community for several years including volunteer work at several charities and non-profits. She has a passion for helping others and showing those around her to stand up for what they believe in. She intends to pursue a degree in English and education in order to become a teacher. Congratulations, Alison!

 

Ashleigh Woodcock, 2021

Ashleigh shows terrific self-motivation through her volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities each year since grade 2. Over the past 9 years, she’s collected over 12,000 pounds of tabs and donated over $7,800. She intends to enroll in mechanical engineering and will continuing volunteering while attending college. Congratulations, Ashleigh!

 

Ashley Johnson, 2021

Ashley aims to help her local community have access to affordable healthcare as a clinical pharmacist. She’s been involved in multiple charities in her area for the last several years while holding leadership positions in school. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in math and science and will be pursuing a degree in biology. Congratulations, Ashley!

 

Brooke Yorio, 2021

Brooke has proven her desire to help her local community by raising over $26,000 for various school clubs and charitable organizations over the last four years. She will be majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering. Congratulations, Brooke!

 

Christine McDow, 2021

Christine has proven her desire to help those around her through her actions as a certified hospice volunteer. She is actively working to provide further grief and bereavement support to Chinese American communities during the pandemic. She is currently studying Mandarin to aid in this endeavor. Congratulations, Christine!

 

Emma Brown, 2021

Emma has lived out her desire to help her local community by coordinating volunteer events through a local club for the past several years. She’s volunteered with well over a dozen other volunteer events over the last 3 years. She will be pursuing a degree in pediatrics. Congratulations, Emma!

 

Fayth Jenkins, 2021

Fayth lives out her desire to help those around her reach their full potential in her role as Dean of Students at a Title 1 public charter school. Whether creating new processes to keep her students safe, or assisting with grant writing, Fayth has a long-lasting impact on all around her. She is currently working full-time while pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Congratulations, Fayth!

 

Samantha Lewis, 2021

Samantha exemplifies her desire is to advocate for those in her community and ensure that they have access to the medical care they need. She has held a number of leadership positions and has been involved with local organizations for over a decade. She will be pursuing a degree health policy and management. Congratulations, Samantha!

 

Sophie Kartzman, 2021

Sophie embodies the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of those in her community and around the world. Whether by organizing her own website to help others learn how to volunteer, or building homes in El Salvador, Sophie’s goal is to aid in the lives of those in need. She will be pursuing a degree in nursing starting this autumn. Congratulations, Sophie!

 

Tara Simmon, 2021

Tara’s perseverance towards perusing her goals is evidenced in her successful appointment to a position she initially expressed interest in several years ago. Additionally, she volunteers at several local charitable organizations for over a decade. She is currently pursuing an environmental science degree. Congratulations, Tara!



2020 Winners

 

Amanda Flick, 2020

Jennifer Simpson, 2020

Anneliese Probeck, 2020

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

This year's field of applicants for the SAFE Scholarship was truly outstanding. The applicants represented a fantastic mix of individuals from many backgrounds with a variety of outstanding stories to tell. From high school seniors to PhD students and those entering the ROTC, our applicants were impressive in their commitment to helping others.

Selecting winners from this year's pool of applicants was an uplifting journey with dozens of examples of individuals who consistently put the needs of others before their own. This year, the scholarship committee selected twelve applicants who demonstrated an impressive drive for helping people, serving the underserved, and making an impact in and giving back to our communities.

Congratulations to: