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Adult Learners Scholarship

Enhance your education with this scholarship for members ages 25 and older.

The application period for this scholarship has ended.

The next application period will begin in February.

About the Adult Learners Scholarship

In 1939, fifteen educators pooled together all their money – just $78.75 – to start a credit union for teachers. To honor the legacy of our founding, we offer the Desert Financial Foundation Adult Learners Scholarship to members ages 25 or older.

In 2024, 30 applicants will be selected to receive $3,000 each in scholarship funds, to be distributed directly to the Arizona-based college, university or professional certification program of their choice.


  • Be age 25 or older.
  • Be a member of Desert Financial in good standing at the time of application.1
  • Be enrolled in (or have plans to enroll in) an accredited college, university or certification program in Arizona. 
  • Write an essay describing your education goals.
  • Show a demonstrated financial need based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarship application process

Step 1
Fill out the application. Make sure you’re able to complete the application in one sitting. Information on partially completed applications won’t be saved.
Step 2
Your application will be reviewed and verified by Desert Financial Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.
Step 3
If your application is accepted for a scholarship award, you will be notified via email in April.

What Adult Learners scholars are saying

"This is going to make such a difference for me and my family. Having that extra bit of help will help me with all of my expenses as I pursue my educational degree."
Remie L.


Desert Financial Foundation is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN# 81-1028132. 

1Good Standing is defined as having not caused a financial loss to Desert Financial Credit Union, all related deposit accounts are current, all related loan accounts are paid current and cannot be the subject of any legal or administrative order, garnishment or levy.

2Disclosure of applicant's race and gender is optional.

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