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 2020 Community Service Scholarship has ended. Check back for info on our 2021 scholarships later in the year.

    Our scholarship programs are provided by the 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, fifteen courageous educators pooled together all of their money — just $78.75 — to found a credit union for teachers. In honor of their legacy, we created the Desert Financial Adult Learners Scholarship to help adults reach their higher education goals.

    In 2020, 10 applicants were selected to receive $2,000 in scholarship funds distributed directly to the Arizona-based college, university or professional certification program of their choice.

    Applicants must meet the following 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

    Check back for information on our 2021 scholarships later in the year!

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