First Commerce Credit Union launches MyWay Scholarship Program

At First Commerce, we are always looking for ways to help ensure bright financial futures. Our support and involvement begins with The Foundation for Leon County Schools, Junior Achievement, schools throughout North Florida and South Georgia, and more. In 2015, our 75th anniversary year, we launched our FCCU Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to formalize our financial literacy efforts in the communities we serve. Our SmartMoney Workshops are free to educational institutions and other businesses/organizations, and cover financial topics including budgeting, money management, paying for college, credit card debt, and more. Currently, we are teaching at Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University, and Chipola College, as well as in the 21st Century Afterschool Program in Leon County.

In 2016, we are taking our efforts a step further by announcing our MyWay Scholarship program! MyWay is our national award-winning program for 18-29 year olds finding their way. This program includes a free checking account with tools to help MyWay members stay on top of their finances, an award-winning automatic savings account that rounds up debit card purchases to the next dollar amount and deposits the difference, as well as a focus on financial education.

Twice a year, two $1,000 MyWay Scholarships will be awarded to First Commerce MyWay members who demonstrate excellence in school and beyond. Scholarships will be paid directly to the student’s institution of higher learning and may be used toward school expenses including tuition, fees, and books.

Anyone who is a First Commerce MyWay account holder by April 1, 2016, is eligible to apply for our first round of scholarships. Candidates can simply fill out the application posted along with details about the program at FirstCommerceCU.org/MyWayScholarship, and submit a short essay or video. The spring deadline is Friday, April 8, 2016 (no exceptions) for funding in the upcoming summer or fall 2016 semester.

First Commerce realizes The Power of You and is proud to help ensure bright financial futures, one person at a time!

Established 75 years ago, First Commerce Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with a full array of consumer and business products and services. Headquartered in Tallahassee, First Commerce currently serves more than 46,000 members in Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia. First Commerce has 10 financial centers – eight in Tallahassee, one office in Marianna, and one in Thomasville, Ga. First Commerce also provides no-surcharge access to thousands of ATMs across the country through a credit union network as well as online and mobile banking, mobile deposit, and real-time text/email account alerts. They include free checking for 18-29 year olds, 50+, and everyone in between; interest-bearing checking; savings; money market accounts; CDs; IRAs; accounts for kids and teens; mortgages; refinances; home equity loans; prepaid reloadable cards; identity theft protection; credit cards; and business loans and accounts. In addition, First Commerce offers a wide range of financial planning and investment services through our subsidiary, Six Pillars Financial Advisors, and commercial & personal insurance through First Commerce Insurance Agency. First Commerce consistently has been voted “Best of Tallahassee” by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine and was named “Top Credit Union of the Year” for 2014 by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) North Florida District Office. For more information, visit FirstCommerceCU.org or call (850) 488-0035. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Opportunity Lender.