At Leaders Credit Union, we believe in giving back to the community. West Tennessee has been our home for over 60 years, and we are dedicated to strengthening the community that supports us. As a local, not-for-profit institution, Leaders Credit Union understands the importance of community support. We believe together, we can make a difference.
In addition to corporate and individual volunteerism, Leaders contributes nearly $100,000 per year back to the West Tennessee community for the purpose of reinvesting in non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives. These dollars and volunteer hours are directed by our Community Contribution Committee, consisting of members from our Senior Leadership Team. Our members also support various community non-profit organizations and charities through our donation-matching program, Lead with Caring.
If you would like to request a donation, sponsorship or volunteer participation from our staff, please fill out our Community Donation form.
Champion Scholarship Program
Helping our Future Move Forward
As our member’s financial champion, Leaders is committed to investing in the communities we serve through our Champion Scholarship Program. The Champion Scholarship Program will award up to $10,000 in scholarships to students throughout West Tennessee to help our future move forward. The applicant, or an immediate family member, must be a member of Leaders Credit Union in good standing. (An immediate family member is defined as a parent or grandparent.)
A West Tennessee Champion for Education was Mrs. Martha Britt. Britt served for over 30 years in the Jackson-Madison County School System and was instrumental in promoting educational opportunities for local students through her involvement with the Board of Directors and scholarship committee at Leaders. These awards are given in her honor and champions like her who help their communities move forward.
The scholarship awards are given to West Tennessee high school seniors who portray leadership in their school and community. Applicants may be applying to a traditional four-year university, community college, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology or other technical or vocational programs or schools. The Champion Scholarship Program will be offering the following one-time scholarships:
- Financial Wellness Video Scholarship – $2,500: This scholarship is designated to students who provide a video submission along with their application showing tips or suggestions on “How to Be Financially Fit.” Students must submit a video link through YouTube with their application. Please see the Video Submission Consent and Guidelines for more details.
- Founders Scholarship (designated for students in the Jackson-Madison County School System)- $1,500: This scholarship honors our founding membership group, Jackson-Madison County Schools. This scholarship is designated for high school seniors graduating from a high school within the Jackson-Madison County School System.
- Community Scholarship - $1,500: Four one-time scholarships are designated for students in Union City & Obion County, TN (1), Milan and Gibson County, TN (1), within the city of Bartlett, TN (1) and all other surrounding counties in West Tennessee (1-including Madison County, TN).
The scholarship recipients will be notified before the end of the school year. Students may apply for more than one scholarship if the student qualifies. For instance, a student can apply for the Financial Wellness Video Scholarship, as well as, a Community Scholarship if the student meets the location qualifications. The scholarship funds may be used at the student’s discretion to help with the costs associated with education, including tuition, books, fees or various living costs. The 2019 application period has closed.
All applications will be reviewed and graded based on a scorecard formed by the scholarship committee. To earn extra points on a scorecard, the scholarship committee has designated three financial literacy courses in which an applicant may take and complete. Applicants must pass with 80% or higher. Applicants should print their certificate of completion and include it in their scholarship packet. Applicants may take only the three courses specified but points may be applied to applications for any of the scholarship offerings (Financial Wellness, Founders or Community Scholarship). Please see the Financial Literacy Course Instructions for more information.