Scholarships and Financial Literacy
We offer scholarships for graduating seniors along with financial education online and in the classroom. You’ll find complete explanations further along on the page.
We were the proud primary sponsor of Boo at the Zoo in 2021 and the March of Dimes March for Babies in 2013 and 2019. ATFCU has presented the dramatic reading stage at the annual Children’s Literary Festival since 2013.
Supporting Children and Education
We introduced Skip-A-Pay to the Abilene area in 2004. It’s a win/win/win for the credit union, our members and the Boys and Girls Club of Abilene.
ATFCU Scholarship Program
The scholarship cycle has begun for students who will be graduating from high school in the spring of 2023. Applicants are required to have an account in their own name and that account needs to be established on or before November 11, 2022. Scholarship applications will be available online February 1, 2023.
Congratulations to the following Big Country students who have been awarded $1,500 scholarships for their freshman year of college. Each is a member of the credit union and graduated from high school in 2022. Honorees are chosen based upon academic achievement, extracurricular activities and evidence of financial responsibility.
- EmmaLee Barnett – Comanche High School – Hardin Simmons University
- Haleigh Buse – Homeschooled – Oklahoma Baptist University
- Haylee Bush – Ranger High School – University of Texas at Austin
- Meredith Clancy – Cooper High School – Baylor University
- Kyal Corbett – Wylie High School – Abilene Christian University
- Dayra Figueroa – Wylie High School – Texas Tech University
- Kyla Flanagan – Wylie High School – Abilene Christian University
- Brooke Garduno – Abilene High School – Texas A&M University
- Mason Hagler – Anson High School – Texas A&M University
- Max Hagler – Anson High School – Texas A&M University
- Emily Herndon – Frenship High School – University of North Texas
- Maria Maldonado – Anson High School – Texas State University
- Vincent Mercado – Wylie High School – Baylor University
- Taylor Moore – Roby High School – Texas Tech University
- Jacob Pate – Abilene High School – Texas A&M University
- Sophie Penya – Abilene High School – Abilene Christian University
- Chelsea Rainwater – Abilene High School – Texas A&M University
- Chloe Ramirez – Abilene High School – Texas A&M University
- Avery Stevenson-Waller – Wylie High School – University of Texas at Austin
- Jett Villareal – Cooper High School – Texas Tech University
Financial Literacy in the Classroom
Whether it’s a classroom discussion or a large in-school economic reality fair, we can help.
We want to put a good word in for the Banzai financial literacy classroom program. We provide all materials needed by the elementary, secondary and middle schools within our service area. This interactive curriculum has been enthusiastically received by students around the nation and in the Big Country.
Ashley A., member since 2017
ATFCU cares about their members and their community. What more could you ask for?
March of Dimes. We’re advocating for the tiniest Texans.
We’ve worked closely with the March of Dimes in West Texas to aid their mission of decreasing premature births. It is not an exaggeration to state that MOD’s research positively impacts the life of every child born in the United States.
The work continues. On a corporate level, the credit union has elected to donate a penny for every ATFCU debit card transaction made since the beginning of 2013.
Boys and Girls Club of Abilene is a positive place for kids to grow
Since 2004, members have had the opportunity to skip two loan payments each year for a modest $10 or $15 monthly fee.
All funds collected are forwarded to Abilene’s Boys and Girls Club to assist their meaningful work with Abilene’s children and teens. More than $2.2 million has been donated in the past 18 years.
On behalf of the kids, many thanks to our members for their continued participation!
Random acts of kindness
CU Around is a group of ATFCU employees getting out in the community spreading joy to others. We show up unannounced to perform random acts of kindness.
We have appeared at Chick-Fil-A on St. Patrick’s Day and bought lunch for those wearing green. We delivered lunch to the florists in town on Valentine’s Day. We supplied Dippin Dots ice cream for Zoo patrons on a hot summer evening. It brings so much joy to brighten the day of those around us.
Our most recent random project was delivering lunch and goodies to the UPS drivers working tirelessly to deliver Christmas. 2021 was an anxious time and we thank them for delivering our presents!
Be on the lookout for our team in their bright blue and orange shirts.
Since 2004, more than$ 2.2 million
Donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Abilene on behalf of our members.
In 2021, more than$350,000
Provided to area schools and nonprofits to support their operations.
Area students named as ATFCU scholarship honorees.
Gather up your outdated financial paperwork, bring it to the Antilley branch on May 11from 8 till noon and watch it be securely destroyed by Shredding Services of Texas. This service is free to individuals. Please limit yourself to three file boxes or three kitchen garbage bags of documents.
2022 Board Election and Annual Meeting
The 2022 Annual Meeting was held in person on April 28 at the Abilene Convention Center. Watch this space for the Board election announcement.
Boo at the Zoo
Stripe the Tiger joined teams of ATFCU volunteers to welcome visitors to the Abilene Zoo on Saturdays in October. It was a great, socially-distanced Halloween gathering for area children. And we were so pleased to celebrate three baby giraffes born during the month.
Photo Credit: ‘ACHS Football’ goes to Lacey Fields.