Investing in the Rich Minds of Our Community
Charles Perkins Scholarships
Three $1,000 scholarships are named in honor of Charles Perkins, who served as general manager and president of Freedom First Credit Union.
2018 Winners: Morgan Lee Fisher, Julie Ann McKnew, and Ryea Young
City of Salem/Frank Turk Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship is named in recognition of the City of Salem Employees Credit Union. Frank Turk served as its president from 1978-2004. Freedom First is grateful for the many years that Frank Turk served on its Board of Directors.
2018 Winner: Elissa Look
Fritz Kehn Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Fred C. "Fritz" Kehn, who was one of the original charter members of the Credit Union. A former General Electric sheet metal foreman in Salem, Fritz served as the first Credit Union president in 1956.
2018 Winner: Kailyn Janiga
Torie Phillips Memorial Scholarship
Freedom First Credit Union sponsors the Torie Phillips Memorial Scholarships, which honors the memory and life of Lord Botetourt High School student Torie Phillips through scholarships to LBHS graduates who demonstrate exemplary character and academic achievement.
2018 Winner: Clara Keeley
Virginia Tech General Scholarship Fund
Freedom First contributes each year to the Virginia Tech General Scholarship Fund.
For more information, contact our Community Development Team below.
In 2016-2017, Freedom First gave $19,000 in scholarships to area students.