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COPFCU is proud to provide scholarships to our members. The credit union offers 3 different scholarships. Each scholarship provides $1,000 per year for four consecutive years of university study at an accredited college or university.


Irvin Specht Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1989 to honor the legacy of “Uncle Irv,” who served as volunteer Treasurer in 1954 and went on to become the Manager of the credit union. After retiring from the credit union, he served on the Board of Directors from 1981 to 1994 when he retired from the Board and was named Director Emeritus. “Uncle Irv” was known for his willingness to help people in need.


Emily Argo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Emily Argo, a 1995 recipient of the Irvin Specht Scholarship. Emily was Valedictorian of her Taylor High School class. After graduating from Ohio Northern University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Science, Emily went on to pursue her passion of studying marine animals. Tragedy struck in January 2003 when the plane Emily was on crashed during a routine flight to track the North Atlantic Right Whales.

Download the 2022 Irvin Specht and Emily Argo Scholarship Application

Knights & Cardinals Credit Union Scholarship

This scholarship was created to support exceptional high school seniors who are members of the Knights and Cardinals Credit Unions. The Knights Credit Union serves the students of Northwest High School while the Cardinals Credit Union serves students from Colerain High School.

Download the 2022 Knights & Cardinals Credit Union Scholarship Application


We are also proud to share these scholarship opportunities offered by Ohio-based credit unions:

Cincinnati Area Credit Union Outreach Alliance Scholarship

  • Due date: February 18, 2022
  • Open to: Members of Cincinnati-area credit unions who are high school seniors or college students enrolled in vocational, professional, and academic studies.
  • Award: $1,000 Scholarship
  • Details & Application

Ohio Credit Union Foundation Video Scholarship

  • Due date: April 29, 2022
  • Open to: Members of Ohio-based credit unions who are at least a high school senior and plan to pursue an undergraduate degree during the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Award: 1st place: $5,000; 2nd place: $2,500; 3rd place: $1,000
  • To apply for the video scholarship, students should create a 1 to 2 1/2-minute video addressing the topic “How can credit unions attract younger members?”.
  • Details & Application