Scholarship Program


Apply for your chance at $1,000 towards your college tuition! APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MAY 1, 2021

2023 David P. Smay Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 David P. Smay Scholarship!

Shams Al Faisal
Houston, TX
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Meghan Bartsch
Mission Viejo, CA
Trabuco Hills High School

Carter Hagan
Spring, TX
Tomball High School

Alexa Hart
Livermore, CA
Livermore High School

Ana Hernandez
Kingwood, TX
Hernandez Homeschool

Derek Horn
San Ramon, CA
California High School

Jonathan Matthew Jager Kurth
Houston, TX
Leysin American School in Switzerland

Joseph Lee
Eldersburg, MD
Century High School

Izabel Z Mariano
Wilmington, CA
Phineas Banning Senior High School

Justin Moravek
Purcellvile, VA
Loudoun Valley High School

Anthony Nguyen
Houston, TX
Bellaire High School

Jillian Taylor
Humble, TX
Atascocita High School


To apply, you (the student) must be:

  • A Spectrum CU member with all accounts in good standing (If you are not a member, please complete an online membership application or visit your local branch to join)
  • A graduating high school senior, 19 years of age or younger


  • A thoughtful essay with a title (double-spaced, two pages maximum, eleven point font minimum) on a topic released in March
  • Your transcript(s) reflecting all four years of high school, including your cumulative, un-weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale

Submission instructions

  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the form supplied on this page
  • Scholarship submissions must include your name, Credit Union member number, home address, phone number, email address, name of the post-secondary school you plan to attend, and your college student ID number (if available) 


The Credit Union will award a David P. Smay Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for each winning submission. Funds will be disbursed directly to the winners’ chosen schools. Winners will need to supply the shipping address for the school office/department that receives outside scholarship funds.

Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 510-251-6000 or 800-782-8782 if you have any questions.

We understand the importance of education. That's why we invest in students to help them reach their goals.


The David P. Smay Scholarship
David P. Smay, III volunteered for more than a decade on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors, serving many years as Chairman.

During his tenure, a number of milestones were achieved which continue to contribute to the growth and success of the Credit Union, including the introduction of online banking, the MarketEdge account, and fixed-rate mortgages.

Mr. Smay had an acclaimed 40-year career with Chevron Corporation and was well-loved and hailed as a leader in every position he held. He resigned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, retired as General Manager of Benefit Investments for Chevron, and finished his career as a Board Member of the Chevron Retirees Association. He was a true inspiration to all who met him.

The David P. Smay Scholarship is awarded each Spring to graduating high school students who exemplify the values of high academics and leadership in the community. Each winning applicant receives a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

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