Scholarships & Internships

The Casimir Kraus Memorial Scholarship Fund

In 2017, we will be offering a scholarship in the field of Marketing that includes a PAID summer internship!

Casimir Kraus was a long-time and founding member of Widget Financial. Mr. Kraus was instrumental in advancing the Credit Union during his amazing 57 year tenure as a Board Member. The Credit Union will be forever grateful for his selfless contribution, care and concern for the members he served. In tribute to his dedication, compassion and commitment to the credit union movement, Widget Financial provides scholarships for students who have demonstrated a need for financial support.

To review the Marketing Internship description, click here!

To get your application started, click here!

For questions regarding the Casimir Kraus Memorial Scholarship with Internship, please contact Vice President of Human Resources, Chris Monaghan via email or call 814.456.6231.

Erie Chapter of Credit Unions – James J. DeDad Scholarship

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 James J. DedDad Scholarship. To apply, download the application or stop by any of our branches to pick one up.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners:

Place Dollar Amount Awarded Name Credit Union
First $3,000 David M Vecchi Widget Financial
Second $1,375 Rachel Willis Erie Community Credit Union
Second $1,375 Ellen A Cadden Americo Federal Credit Union
Fourth $1,000 Austin Kanonczyk Erie Federal Credit Union
Fifth $625 Morgan Dean Sesler Americo Federal Credit Union
Fifth $625 Eric Fuss Erie Federal Credit Union


Erie Community Foundation Scholarships

There are now over 45 different scholarship funds within The Erie Community Foundation. Click here to learn more about the different scholarships offered in our area and how to apply.


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College Board’s Fund Finder

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