Carol Rivchun Educational Development Fund ("C.R.E.D. Fund")
Deadline to apply: March 25, 2019 3:00 pm CDT

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) has established the Carol Rivchun Educational Department Fund to assist full-time Y.O.U. employees who plan to enroll in coursework between August 2019 and July 2020.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America┬«, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability or national origin.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:


  • Be full-time Youth Opportunities Unlimited employees who have a minimum of one year employment with the company as of the application deadline date.
  • Be high school graduates, current postsecondary undergraduates, or graduate level students.
  • Be planning to enroll in coursework between August 2019 and July 2020.

Award Amounts

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $1,400. Up to five (5) awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable; however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for certification, prep course work, undergraduate and graduate study.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and Y.O.U., Y.O.U. work experience and performance reviews, a statement of career and educational aspirations and goals, and an outside appraisal. Financial need will not be considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer of Youth Opportunities Unlimited play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in mid May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Payments are made between August 2019 and July 2020 once proof of enrollment is verified.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document(s):

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours, and term in which the course was taken.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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