Scholarships & Grants

TBACU Study Abroad Scholarship

TBA Credit Union is now reviewing applications for our 2018 Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship program was launched in 2015 with the purpose to help fund a student’s study of foreign language and culture.


• Application is open to high school and college students who are TBA Credit Union members, or have a parent or guardian that is a member.
• Applicant must be attending class while abroad.
• Applicant must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• Complete applications include – proposed budget, personal essay, teacher letter of reference, a copy of the student’s school transcript, and a signed letter detailing the applicant’s acceptance into the study abroad program.
• To allow for a range of students to benefit from the Study Abroad Scholarship, first consideration will be given to students who have not previously received the scholarship.

The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on the applicant’s overall merit as demonstrated in the application and accompanying documents. A scholarship panel will review all applications and select the scholarship recipient.

The application deadline for the 2018 Study Abroad Scholarship is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Study Abroad Scholarship Application Request

  • This form is not a secure channel. Please do not submit private information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers or PINs through this form.

2017 Recipient: Jacob Davis of TC West Senior High

TBA Credit Union presenting the 2017 Study Abroad Scholarship

Jasmine Birgy of TBACU and Jacob Davis of TC West Senior High

Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel- Leelanau Chapter Scholarship

2017 Recipient: Casey Kahler

TBACU supporting the MARSP-Leelanau Chapter Scholarship Program

Christie Dompierre, Darlene Garland, and Casey Kahler


Grand Traverse Area Retired School Personnel Scholarship

TBA Credit Union offers a vocational scholarship through the GTARSP for $1,000 to graduating seniors who attend a public or parochial school within the boundary lines of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Applicants must include a high school transcript (including first semester grades of senior year) and recommendations from a counselor, a staff member and a personal reference, in addition to the completed application. A personal interview will also be conducted. Applications are due each year on the last day of February and are available through the counselor’s office of schools within the TBAISD District.

2017 Recipient: Jonelle Sickles

TBACU supports MARSP-GT scholarship program.

Jonelle Sickles and Karen Browne

Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA Scholarships

This organization awards three $500 scholarships with the support of TBACU to graduating seniors in June. To be eligible, students must be children or grandchildren of members of the Michigan Education Association or MEA-Retired and reside in Antrim, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties. Recipients are selected based on school achievements and activities, community service, and responses to essay questions. Applications are available through the counselor’s office of schools within the TBAISD District.

2017 Recipients: Jake Melvin, Morgan Jeffrey, and Clare Kinery

GTBA MEA Retired Scholarship Winners 2017

Jake Melvin, Morgan Jeffrey, Clare Kinery, & Robin Wybenga

TBA Credit Union Scholarship Fund

Northwestern-Michigan-College-green The TBA Credit Union Scholarship Fund is a $1,000 scholarship available to Northwestern Michigan College students. Applicants need to be TBACU members or relatives of members, have a 2.5 or above overall GPA, and a demonstrated record of volunteer service. Complete information is available here.

For more information on these scholarship programs, please contact the Marketing Department at 231.946.7090.


Classroom Improvement Grant Program

As school districts continue to experience budget cuts, educators search for new and creative means to fund projects and programs in jeopardy of being eliminated.  Committed to students and the educators dedicated to their success, TBA Credit Union is proud to offer this funding opportunity.

Applicants are selected for funding based on how many students benefit from the request, how the request relates to classroom instruction and how funding will impact the future of students.


  • All applicants will be notified within two weeks.
  • To allow a range of educators to benefit from the grant program, schools who have not received a grant in the last two years will be given first consideration.
  • Recipients who fail to arrange a grant presentation within two months of notification forfeit the award and will need to resubmit an application for consideration.

Previous Grant Recipients


Kim Fleming- TC Central High School

Rebecca Walters- TC West Middle School

Kristen Ryder- New Campus School

Tiffany Keske- Blair Elementary

Erin Ryan- TC East Middle School

Kelly Mikula- Buckley Community Middle/High School

Kathleen Schneider- Long Lake Elementary

Tara Gang- Willow Hill Elementary

Melissa Baumann- TC West Middle School

Marie Willis- Cherry Knoll Elementary

Jamie Sandy – TC Central High School (Program to benefit middle school and high school students across the district.)


Amanda White – Courtade Elementary

Danelle Brostrom – TCAPS Technology Department 

Karen Nelson- Eastern Elementary

Stacey Alpers- Immaculate Conception Elementary School

Lisa Sutton- Birch Street Elementary

Brandon Deike- Forest Area Community Schools (Program to benefit elementary students.)


Anna DeMarsh-International School at Bertha Vos

Michael George III-Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District

Ian McGurn-Grand Traverse Academy

Matt Olson-Benzie Central High School

Kelli Hannum-Spencer-TC Central High School

TBA Credit Union Classroom Grant Application

  • This form is not a secure channel. Please do not submit private information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers or PINs through this form.
  • Please be specific about the project, program and/or materials needed to enhance your students' classroom experience.
  • Please detail how this grant will impact students now and in the future. Will future classes benefit from this grant? If so, how?
  • How will TBACU be included in the plans?
  • Identify all other sources of donations such as school fundraisers, corporate support and/or other grants.