United Heritage H. Ralph Wilburn Memorial Scholarship

The United Heritage Charity Foundation awards college scholarship funds to high school seniors who best exemplify the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” The Charity Foundation recognizes it's important for students to have a well-rounded scholastic, extra-curricular, community service and character building experience throughout their high school careers. They have developed an application and selection process to find these extraordinary students each year.

Where our scholarship name originated

In Memoriam - Dr. H. Ralph Wilburn

Dr. H. Ralph Wilburn was a longtime United Heritage Credit Union and United Heritage Charity Foundation Board member who passed away in August of 2021. He was passionate about education and taught at St. Edward's University for nearly 20 years, until the time of his passing. His commitment to education was also highlighted through the scholarship program of United Heritage Charity Foundation as the driving force behind the application and selection process. Because of Dr. Wilburn's involvement with the scholarship program, the United Heritage Charity Foundation Board of Directors elected to re-name the scholarship program as the United Heritage H. Ralph Wilburn Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

Required Items You'll Need

You'll need to have these items ready before you begin the application process. Use this helpful checklist to make sure you're ready.

Once you start the application form, you must complete and submit to save your information.  
Download Activities Spreadsheet
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Everything Required of Scholarship Applicants

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Applicants must be from the Austin or Tyler area and can provide proof of residency, if requested.
  • Applicants must complete all parts of the application, including the application addenda.
    • If under the age of 18, applicants must have a parent or legal guardian sign the application.
  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 200 hours of community service prior to graduation in their senior year and provide a transcript to validate the scholastic achievements and extracurricular activities included on the Scholarship Activities spreadsheet. (The Excel file provided contains sample information in three (3) separate tabs.)
  • Applicants must be a member of United Heritage Credit Union. 
  • Applicants must complete 1 essay response.
  • Applicants must provide two (2) letters of recommendation, including one school leader and one work or community leader.
  • Interviews may be held with the top five scholarship finalists.
  • Scholarship recipient must attend an institution of higher learning or a UHCF approved non-traditional school the following fall.
  • Scholarship winner will be requested to submit a photograph.

What are the Required Scholarship Items?

Community Service Involvement

All volunteer community service activities you have participated in during the past 4 years (e.g., Red Cross, hospital volunteer, recycling project, food kitchen, etc.). Describe your participation in each activity. Also include the number of hours per month invested in each endeavor, the total hours for each, and a grand total of hours for all community and civic service. A minimum of 200 verifiable community and civic service hours is required. Include any leadership positions held and any special awards received. Please do not list any paid work.

Extracurricular Activities

All extracurricular activities you participated in during the past 4 years (e.g., student government, music/ band, drill team, sports, etc.). Describe your participation in each activity. Also include the number of hours per month invested in each endeavor, the total hours for each, and a grand total of hours for all for all extracurricular activities. Include any leadership positions held and any special awards received. Please do not list any paid work.

One (1) Essay

Choose from the options below. Maximum of 500 words.

  1. How have you contributed to your community and how has it impacted you personally?
  2. Share a time you failed and learned from it.
  3. Share a time you stepped up as a leader.

Scholastic Achievements

All honors courses, AP courses, college prep courses, etc.

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  1. From a supervisor/teacher with a school affiliation to the applicant
  2. From a supervisor of a community service affiliation to the applicant

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Before You Start - Be sure you've downloaded the Scholarship Activities Sheet
You will need to complete this document and upload it within the application form.

Scholarship History

Since 2000, we've been able to award almost 30 scholarships to deserving high school students for a total of over $100,000. Learning about these students every year and being a part of their education story means a lot to everyone involved with the Charity Foundation. We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share their story with us over the years and look forward to many more in the years to come.
Past Scholarship Recipients