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5th Annual Ohio Catholic FCU Scholarship Giveaway Application is Now Open!

In keeping with its commitment to support Catholic education, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union will be awarding $35,000 in Catholic elementary and high school scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarships will be based primarily on financial need and awarded in the amount of $500.

In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be a member of Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, currently attend a Catholic elementary school or high school in Ohio, and be willing to submit proof of income if chosen as a finalist. Families may only apply once during the application period.

Online applications can be accessed at beginning Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 28, 2018, until Friday, March 2, 2018. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the Catholic school in the name of the family awarded the funds no later than mid-August.

Please note that applications will not be accepted once the application period closes. Additionally, incomplete applications will not be considered. Once a scholarship application has been submitted, the applicant cannot change or alter any information on the form.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the contact listed below.


Dean Robinson
Catholic Outreach Coordinator
(216) 478-0065


Ohio Catholic FCU Co-Hosts Boys Hope Girls Hope Christmas Party

On Tuesday, December 5, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union co-hosted a Christmas party with Boys Hope Girls Hope in Garfield Heights. Several Ohio Catholic employees worked with the high school sophomores in finding Christmas gifts to purchase on Amazon for a person who plays a significant role in their life. OCFCU provided each student with $50 to buy these meaningful gifts. Everyone enjoyed a nice Christmas meal of pizza, salad, cheesy bread and delicious cupcakes while many smiles were shared throughout the night.

St. Monica Parish and Ohio Catholic FCU Partner to Serve Community Thanksgiving Meal

Ohio Catholic FCU and St. Monica Parish combined efforts to coordinate a Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day, with the food generously provided by St. Augustine Hunger Center.  Guests feasted on a Thanksgiving meal consisting of turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, salad, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie.

In addition to an outstanding meal, guests and volunteers had the opportunity to share in the company of one another and come together to give thanks for all of God’s blessings.  More than 200 meals were served between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. thanks to the efforts of all of the volunteers.

Ohio Catholic FCU Recognized For Philanthropic Efforts

On Saturday, November 11, Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union was honored to receive the Jimmy Davis Heart for Service Award from Blessing House in Lorain County for its Catholic School Challenge Grant Program.  Blessing House also recognized Holy Trinity School in Avon, St. Jude School in Elyria, and St. Benedict School in Garfield Heights, all of whom took part in the Catholic School Challenge Grant Program.

As part of the program, each school was given $500 in seed money and challenged to multiply this gift from God in accordance with the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30).  The three schools combined to raise more than $7,000 for Blessing House.  Blessing House serves as a safety net for children of families in crisis by providing a temporary safe home for the children and support for the families.

Executive Director Sr. Mary Berigan noted that while she greatly appreciated the monetary gift, she was also thankful that students across the Diocese of Cleveland were able to participate in a program designed to teach them use the gifts given to them by God to help those in need.

Ohio Catholic FCU Sponsoring March for Life Bus Trip with Knights of Columbus

Ohio Catholic FCU is partnering with the Knights of Columbus Father Ragan Council 3269 to sponsor a bus trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.  The March for Life is scheduled for January 19, 2018.

We will depart from the Knights of Columbus Ragan Council 3269 located at 1783 Moore Road, Avon, Ohio, Thursday evening, January 18, and will travel through the night.  We will arrive in Washington, D.C. in time for morning mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After mass, there will be time to have breakfast at the cafeteria and tour the 70 Shrines located within the National Basilica (

The bus will then pick us up from the National Basilica and transport us to the Washington Monument for the March for Life.  We will listen to a series of speakers and then march from the Washington Monument to the steps of the Supreme Court.  The bus will then depart from Washington, D.C. that afternoon to take us back to Avon, Ohio.  We will stop for dinner and make at least one other pit stop on the way back home to Ohio,  arriving between 11:00 p.m. and midnight on Friday, January 19.

Registrants through Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union pay just $25 for the trip, which includes a March for Life scarf and a snack bag for the trip.  We will be traveling on a chartered tour bus with a restroom on board.  Also, you are welcome to leave your car in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus and it is monitored by the Avon police.

For more information, please contact Dean Robinson, Catholic Outreach Coordinator for Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, at (216) 478-0065 or

Seton Safety Net Supported by November Canned Food Drive at Ohio Catholic FCU

Members and employees of Ohio Catholic FCU combined to collect hundreds of canned and boxed food items for Seton Safety Net, as well as a monetary donation of $500. The Seton Safety Net for Seniors is run by Light of Hearts Villa and provides food for senior citizens in the area who are in need. Seton Safety Net for Seniors helped more than 170 individuals in 2016 and has continued to grow every year since 2006.


Thanksgiving Meal at St. Monica’s Parish in Garfield Heights

Ohio Catholic FCU will be working in conjunction with St. Monica Parish to provide a community Thanksgiving meal for local individuals who are in need or have no where to spend the holiday. Items for the meal will be provided by the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Cleveland. All are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Outreach Coordinator Dean Robinson at 216-478-0065 or at