Reach your educational goals with support from Arizona’s largest credit union.

As a credit union founded by teachers, a passion for education is in our blood. We’re committed to helping community members like you pursue your goals, whether you are a graduating high school student ready to embark on a learning adventure or a working adult eager to increase your knowledge.

Click the tabs below to learn about our scholarship options.


    High school seniors who volunteer can apply for a Community Service Scholarship.

    Our Desert Financial Community Service Scholarship program recognizes and rewards exceptional students who have contributed 50 or more hours of service in our community. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are available to students planning to attend an Arizona college or university.

    The application period for our 2021 Community Service Scholarship has ended. Check back for info on our 2022 scholarships later in the year.

    Our scholarship programs are provided by Desert Financial Foundation. If you would like to learn more about how we’re supporting education in Arizona, check out our commitment to education page.



    Apply for our college scholarship for members ages 25 and older.

    In 1939, 15 courageous educators pooled together all of their money — just $78.75 — to found a credit union for teachers. In honor of their legacy, we offer the Desert Financial Adult Learners Scholarship to help adults reach their higher education goals.

    In 2021, 25 applicants will be selected to receive $2,000 in scholarship funds distributed directly to the Arizona-based college, university or professional certification program of their choice.

    Applications for the 2021 Adult Learners Scholarship will be accepted from Feb. 1, 2021, through April 1, 2021.

    Application Requirements:

    • Age 25 or older
    • Desert Financial member in good standing
    • Enrolled in (or have plans to attend) an accredited college, university or certification program in Arizona
    • A short essay is required

    The application period for our 2021 Adult Learners Scholarship has ended. Check back for info on our 2022 scholarships later in the year.

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    Ready to get started? Complete and submit the form below to apply for the Desert Financial Adult Learners Scholarship.