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2019-2020 Academic Scholarship 

Your Future is so Bright!

There is no better way to enhance your academic studies than with hands on experience. That is why we are excited to offer you the opportunity to apply for one of the most valuable and rewarding scholarships available.

We are pleased to announce that AMOCO will be awarding five (5) students with a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic school year. Each scholarship award will also offer a paid summer internship to help you build professional skills and gain work experience. More importantly, you will also have the opportunity to work with designated corporate mentors and network with other interns.

For questions regarding the 2019-2020 Scholarship program, please refer to our frequently asked questions (FAQs), call 281-534-5515 or send us an email.

Earn While You Learn

All five (5) scholarship recipients will be offered a paid summer internship at AMOCO during the 2020 summer break. To be eligible for the internship program, recipients must meet the following internship employment criteria by June 1, 2020:

  • Complete two full semesters or have a minimum of 30 hours of college credit with a GPA of 2.50.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in one of the following areas of study: accounting, computer science/information systems, communications, economics, finance, general business, graphic design, human resources, leadership, legal studies, management, management information systems, marketing, or public relations. Documentation showing degree plan will be required.
  • If a recipient is not pursuing a degree listed above, a job interview will be required to determine if an internship will be granted.
Honoring Leadership

In addition to the 2019-2020 scholarship and internship award, each applicant will also be eligible for the George F. Ballis, Bob F. Steel, and Roger D. McCrary Honorarium Scholarships. These scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to three applicants who best reflect the spirit of AMOCO’s past and present leaders.

To be considered for an honorarium scholarship, applicants should submit a letter(s) of recommendation and a resume highlighting their leadership, volunteerism, and/or community involvement.

AMOCO’s Past and Present Leaders

George F. Ballis was born in a town near Olympia, Greece in 1928, living through both the Great Depression and WWII. In 1946 at the age of 18, he arrived in the United States and was reunited with his mother and siblings. Not speaking a word of English, he completed High School in Galveston graduating Salutatorian in 1949 and later attended the University of Houston. During this time, Mr. Ballis was exposed to the banking industry. He later worked for both Amoco Chemicals and Amoco Oil Refinery. While working at the refinery, he was elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors for AMOCO FCU. As a result of his excellence, Mr. Ballis was offered the position of Assistant Manager and later promoted as CEO in 1973.

From Board Member to CEO, George F. Ballis dedicated 42 years of his life to AMOCO FCU. Under his management as CEO, the credit union grew from 5 employees to 75 employees, 4,000 members to 40,000 members, and $8 million in assets to $260 million in assets. His strong promotional efforts, which included traveling over 2,000 miles from West Texas to the Canadian Border, resulted in significant growth of the credit union. Among 32 credit unions in the United States at the time, Mr. Ballis was recognized by the National Credit Union Association as instrumental in the development of AMOCO FCU.

AMOCO FCU honors Mr. George F Ballis for his dedication and commitment to the credit union. Without his leadership, the credit union would not be what it is today. Over the years, Mr. Ballis connected with his employees through care and compassion based on his belief, “To have a successful business, you have to be involved.”

George F. Ballis will always be remembered for his legacy and heartfelt commitment to the members and employees of AMOCO FCU.

Bob F. Steel dedicated over 36 years of his life to AMOCO Federal Credit Union. Mr. Steel served in the United States Air Force Reserves for 8 years. His journey with AMOCO began shortly after he was hired at Amoco Oil Refinery.

In 1981, Mr. Steel he became a volunteer for AMOCO’s Supervisory Committee. This experience sparked his passion to further his credit union commitment by joining the Board of Directors in 1987. Mr. Steel continued to be an active member of the Board of Directors for the next 35 years and served as Chairman of the Board from 1991-92 and 2007-09.

Mr. Steel was an essential asset to the credit union, especially to the Board of Directors. His peers respected his advice and wisdom, both personally and professionally. His love and dedication for AMOCO helped shape the internal culture we embody today. He made every employee feel like an extended member of his family. Mr. Steel’s commitment didn't stop with employees. In fact, one of his biggest passions was making sure our membership was well served. Every decision he made was fueled by his belief that our members come first. To further his legacy, in February 2018 AMOCO dedicated their Tuscan Lakes Branch to Bob Steel.

AMOCO has over 80 years of service and integrity behind its name, and Roger D. McCrary has contributed to this standard for 33 years. Mr. McCrary is a true reflection of what AMOCO stands for, both as a member and a Board of Director.

In 1975, Mr. McCrary joined AMOCO as a credit union member. As his personal financial relationship grew with us, so did his desire to serve other AMOCO members. In 1986, he took the first step to achieving that goal by becoming a volunteer on AMOCO’s Supervisory Committee. His leadership and dedication soon earned him the position of Chairman. In 1988, after only two short years on the Supervisory Committee, Mr. McCrary was elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Over the last 31 years, he has served in every position of AMOCO’s Board of Directors and continues to serve today. He is also an active member of AMOCO’s social group, the Platinum Club.

Mr. McCrary also plays a vital role in the community through his participation with other organizations. His commitment to service includes volunteering with the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, the Galveston County Beef Forage Committee, and the Union’s Negotiations Committee. He has also served as Guard on the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) International Union Executive Committee for 17 years, and on the Credit Union Cornerstone League Education Committee for over six years. For 14 years, he served on every contract negotiation committee for the union. In 1979, he joined the union side of the Joint, Health and Safety Committee. This committee was dedicated to providing a safe environment for everyone working inside the refinery. In 1990, he became Chairman of this committee and after serving for 11 years, he left the position. In addition, he attends the annual CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference, and represents AMOCO every year as the voting delegate at the Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting. He never stops championing the credit union movement and believes in what AMOCO stands for.

Mr. McCrary retired from British Petroleum (now Marathon Petroleum) in 2005. He and his wife Dianne reside in Santa Fe, and have for over 28 years. Together they have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, tending to his cows and spending quality time around the fire pit with his family.

Mr. McCrary’s commitment and loyalty to AMOCO have proven to be pivotal factors in the growth of the credit union. To honor his countless contributions, AMOCO has dedicated their Santa Fe branch to him in February 2019. His name and picture will be displayed for all who visit this branch, but his legacy is something that all current and future AMOCO members will continue to take joy in.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a member of AMOCO Federal Credit Union and 17 to 22 years of age.
  • Applicant must be enrolling at an accredited school, university, vocational, or trade school for the upcoming 2019 fall and/or 2020 spring semester.
  • Applicant’s current un-weighted GPA (Grade Point Average) must be 2.50 or above (on a 4.0 grade scale).
  • Applicant must submit a completed scholarship application and upload all required documentation through the online scholarship application page by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST.
Required Documents and Information

All scholarship applications received must include the information and documents listed below.

Applications submitted with missing information and/or documents will be considered pending until all items are received. Applicants are responsible for submitting missing information and documents by the deadline date of Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST. Failure to submit all required information and documents will result in disqualification.

  • Most recent report card or official transcript reflecting completed classes/courses and grade point average.
  • College enrollment documentation. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • a college acceptance letter
    • signed candidate plan of study
    • and/or registration papers
  • A typed personal essay describing your educational goals and why you are pursuing a college education.
  • A short typed paragraph describing the importance of credit unions and why you will advocate for them in the future.
  • Optional Supporting Documents: Applicants may also submit letter(s) of recommendation and a resume highlighting any of the following: academic and extra-curricular awards and/or achievements, participation in groups or clubs, community service and/or volunteer work. The information provided on supporting documents will help judges identify applicants that best reflect the spirit of leadership and volunteerism.

Judging Process

All applications will be evaluated and scored without applicant names to ensure fairness and objectivity. All eligible applications will undergo a preliminary evaluation and scoring process completed by the AMOCO Scholarship Committee. The top ten scoring applicants will then be submitted for a second round of evaluation and scoring by the executive management team and/or board of directors. The top five (5) scoring applicants will be selected as $1,000 scholarship winners. The executive management team and/or board of directors will then review any supporting documents submitted by the scholarship winners to identify three (3) recipients that best exemplify the spirit of leadership and volunteerism. The recipients selected will be awarded an additional $1,000 honorarium scholarship award. If the more than three (3) out of the top five (5) winners do not meet the requirements for the honorarium scholarships, the executive management team and/or board of directors reserve the right to pick honorarium scholarship winners from applicants that were not selected as AMOCO scholarship winners.

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