College Scholarship Opportunities 

The Donald DeVirgeles Memorial Scholarships, named for a former board member and president of Adirondack Regional FCU, recognize local students who have demonstrated academic success, financial need, and community or extracurricular involvement. 

2024 Available Grants

Two  (2)  $ 1,000 Scholarships  
Eight   (8) $ 500.00 Scholarships 

Financial Need No Longer an Application Consideration for 2024

Due to extensive delays with the financial aid process this year, we are not including financial need as a consideration for this year’s recipients. 

Changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have resulted in unprecedented delays in students and schools getting necessary aid data. This uncertainty has led to a lot of stress for students and families alike. As a result, for this year only, we’ve decided to simplify our process by eliminating the need for a financial aid package.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • The applicant does NOT have to be a member of Adirondack Regional FCU to apply. 
  • Must be a high school senior accepted to a two or four-year college.  
  • Must have a GPA of at least 2.7  

Application Materials

  • Most recent high school transcript. 
  • Essay responding to the following:  
    • Tell us about yourself, what makes you passionate about the field you’ve chosen to study, and how this scholarship can help you succeed.  
    • Describe your academic achievements, community involvement, and volunteer activities.  


April 24, 2024

Two Ways to Apply

Option 1: 
Email grant requirements to

Option 2: 
Mail application to:
Adirondack Regional FCU 
Attn: Scholarship Committee 
280 Park St.  
Tupper Lake, NY 12986 

All application materials must be submitted in the initial application to be considered for grant eligibility. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. 

The Adirondack Regional FCU is looking forward to helping support students in any academic field. We can’t wait to hear about the paths you’ve all chosen and how this will better your life and our communities.

2023 Scholarship Winners

  • Jamin Whitmore, Tupper Lake High School ($1,000)
  • Isabelle Wylie, Plattsburgh High School ($1,000)
  • Ethan Barnes, Saranac High School ($500)
  • Marley Fay, AuSable Valley Central School ($500)
  • Rachel Letourneau, Northeastern Clinton Central School ($500)
  • Luke Miller, Salmon River High School ($500)
  • Meika Nadeau, Tupper Lake High School ($500)
  • Samuel Sieminski, Canton Central School ($500)
  • Grace Southwick, Clifton-Fine Central School District ($500)
  • Sarah Tansey, Keene Central School ($500)

2022 Scholarship Winners

In 2022, a record 142 students applied for the Donald DeVirgeles Memorial Scholarships. Of the 10 recipients, seven came from Clinton County, two from Saint Lawrence County, and one from Franklin County.

  • Jenna Stanley, Ausable Valley High School ($1,000)
  • Elisabeth Prairie, Northeastern Clinton Central School ($1,000)
  • Madalyn Fuller, Plattsburgh High School ($500)
  • Sophia Brown, Massena Central High School ($500)
  • Eli Douglas, AuSable Valley High School ($500)
  • Benjamin Welch, Beekmantown High School ($500)
  • Rhett Ashley, Norwood-Norfolk Central School ($500)
  • Dawson Miletich, Franklin Academy High School ($500)
  • Rhyann King, Plattsburgh High School ($500)
  • Molly Lynch, Saranac High School ($500)

2021 Scholarship Winners:

  • Madeline Brown, Massena Central High School.
  • Jay Christopher-Gagnon, Tupper Lake High School.
  • Emma Crowningshield, Ausable Valley High School.
  • Haley Dennis, Tupper Lake High School.
  • Lauren Duchscherer, Massena Central High School.
  • Jamie Everritt, Saranac Lake High School.
  • Angelena Fay, Saranac High School.
  • Bryn Reynolds, Peru Central High School.
  • Samantha Rose Higgins, Tupper Lake High School.
  • David Scovil II, Norwood-Norfolk Central High School.
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Youth Savings Accounts

A youth savings account can help teach the importance of saving money earned from chores, babysitting, or even mowing the lawn at an early age. Why wait until you’re older when you can start saving today for that first car, college, or the latest video game. It’s all about taking the right steps to achieve financial maturity.

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Charitable Giving

At Adirondack Regional Federal Credit Union, we are committed to helping our communities thrive. We strive to give back as much as possible! That is why each year we select several non-profits and charitable organizations right here in the North Country that align with our community values and interests.