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United Fire Group Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

United Fire Group has established a scholarship program to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This 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, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the United Fire Group Scholarship Program must be:

  • Dependent* children, age 26 and under, of full-time employees who have a minimum of one year of employment as of the application deadline.

    *Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.

  • High school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Award information:

  • The awards granted will be $4,000 each for students enrolled in four-year colleges and $2,000 each for students enrolled in two-year colleges or vocational-technical school.
  • Total awards granted each year will be determined by United Fire Group.
  • Awards are not renewable but students are eligible to reapply every year they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Students enrolled at a two-year college and vocational-technical school may receive the award up to two years or until a certificate or associate’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
  • Students enrolled at a four-year college or university may receive the award up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
  • In addition, students who initially receive an award for a two-year college or vocational-technical school who transfer to a four-year college or university may reapply but may receive no more than four total awards.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Honors
  • Work experience and/or home responsibilities
  • Statement of career and educational goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • Online Recommendation

Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of United Fire Group play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified via email of their status in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of United Fire Group. Payments are sent to the recipient and made payable to the school. Payments are made in one installment early August.

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

  • Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on April 2, 2020.

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

United Fire Group has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!