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2018-2019 Academic Scholarship 
Your Future is Bright!

There is no better way to enhance your academic studies than with hands on experience. That is why every scholarship we award offers a paid summer internship at AMOCO. We believe this valuable and rewarding opportunity will foster new generations of business leaders and credit union advocates.


$1,000 AMOCO Scholarship
  • Two recipients will receive an award of $1,000 for the 2018-2019 academic school year to be used for tuition, books, housing and/or other education-related expenses.
  • Recipients will be offered a paid summer internship after completion of the 2018-2019 Spring term.

To apply for this scholarship award, applicant must be a member of AMOCO Federal Credit Union (17 – 22 years of age), pursuing any degree or certification at a two-year community college, vocational/trade school, or university for the 2018-2019 academic school year.


$2,000 George F. Ballis Honorarium Scholarship
  • One recipient will receive an award of $2,000 for the 2018-2019 academic school year to be used for tuition, books, housing and/or other education-related expenses.
  • Recipient will be offered a paid summer internship after completion of the 2018-2019 Spring term.

To apply for this scholarship award, applicant must be a member of AMOCO Federal Credit Union (17 – 22 years of age), pursuing a degree or certification in one of the following areas of study: accounting, business, communications, economics, finance, human resources, information systems and/or technology, leadership, management, marketing, or public relations at a two-year community college, vocational/trade school, or university for the 2018-2019 academic school year.


$2,000 Bob F. Steel Honorarium Scholarship
  • One recipient will receive an award of $2,000 for the 2018-2019 academic school year to be used for tuition, books, housing and/or other education-related expenses.
  • Recipient will be offered a paid summer internship after completion of the 2018-2019 Spring term.

To apply for this scholarship award, applicant must be a member of AMOCO Federal Credit Union (17 – 22 years of age), pursuing a degree or certification in one of the following areas of study: accounting, business, communications, economics, finance, human resources, information systems and/or technology, leadership, management, marketing, or public relations at a two-year community college, vocational/trade school, or university for the 2018-2019 academic school year.


For questions regarding the 2018-2019 Scholarship program, please refer to our frequently asked questions (FAQ), call 281-534-5570 or send us an email.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 6, 2018. Start Application


All applicants will be required to complete an online application and submit supporting documentation. Before starting the application, applicants should carefully review the requirements for each document listed below. These documents should be collected and completed in advance so they can be uploaded at the time of application.


  • Official transcript or report card: All applicants must submit an official transcript or current report card showing their unweighted grade point average(GPA).

  • Honors, Awards, Extra-Curricular, and Service Resume: Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume that highlights their accomplishments and service to others. This would include any academic or extra-curricular awards, honors. or certifications received. Applicants should also use this opportunity to list any unpaid community or volunteer service hours completed. Part-time employment held may also be included.

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation signed by a teacher, professor, or school official. All letters must be on official school letterhead and include the writer’s name, job title, email address and phone number.

  • Credit Union Statement: All applicants must submit a statement of why credit unions are important. Your statement should also explain why and how you would be an advocate for credit unions now and in the future.

  • Typed Essay: Regardless of which scholarship you are applying for, all applicants must submit a typed essay. The essay should help us learn more about you and should tell us why you should be selected as a scholarship recipient. Be sure to include your educational and career goals; along with any additional information you feel we should know.
    • Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and apply for the George F. Ballis Honorarium Scholarship must also include in their essay why they best exemplify the spirit of Mr. Ballis.
    • Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and apply for the Bob F. Steel Honorarium Scholarship must also include in their essay why they best exemplify the spirit of Mr. Steel.
    • Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and apply for all three scholarships should submit one essay that encompasses all of the essay requirements listed above.

For questions regarding the 2018-2019 Scholarship program, please refer to our frequently asked questions (FAQ), call 281-534-5570 or send us an email.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 6, 2018. Start Application

Mr. George F. Ballis


George F. Ballis was born in a town near Olympia, Greece in 1928, living through both the Worldwide 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 Federal Credit Union. 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 Assistant Manager to CEO, George F. Ballis dedicated 42 years of his life to AMOCO Federal Credit Union. 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 Federal Credit Union.

AMOCO Federal Credit Union 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 Federal Credit Union. We choose to have a scholarship in his name because of his exceptional service to AMOCO Federal Credit Union. Mr. Ballis knew that all great things took hard work.


Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and apply for the George F. Ballis Honorarium Scholarship must also include in their essay why they best exemplify the spirit of Mr. Ballis.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 6, 2018. Start Application

Mr. Bob F. Steel


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 is dedicating their Tuscan Lakes Branch to Bob Steel.


Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and apply for the Bob F. Steel Honorarium Scholarship must also include in their essay why they best exemplify the spirit of Mr. Steel.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 6, 2018. Start Application

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