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Arthur F. McIntyre Scholarship Program

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Essay Topic and Goal

Scholarships of $2500 each will be awarded to two high school students and two undergraduate college students. The purpose of this scholarship is to educate our members about credit unions. The essay should explain the credit union philosophy and relate it to the individual, the community, and the country as a whole — now, and in the future.

“The credit union mission of ‘people helping people’ is evidenced in Credit Unions across America that put the member, or consumer, first – as opposed to banks, whose primary obligation is to the stockholder.”

Excerpt taken from a letter written by members of the House of Representatives to the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation June 24, 2004


  1. Student must be a member of SF Fire Credit Union in good standing.
  2. Enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited university, college, community college, or high school.
  3. Current grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  4. Previous scholarship recipients must wait one year after awarding of a scholarship to apply again.
  5. Submission packets containing all the requirements must be delivered to SF Fire Credit Union by February 1, 2014.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit a completed application provided by SF Fire Credit Union. Pick up your application packets at any of our branch offices, or you may also call the Credit Union at: (888) 499-FIRE or (415) 674-4800 to request a packet to be mailed to you.
  2. Submit your school transcripts in a sealed envelope, with the school’s seal embossed over flap.
  3. Submit an original 250 to 1000 word typed essay on the above topic, suitable for publication.
  4. Application and all supporting documents are to be submitted as a complete package only. (Complete package consists of application, transcript and essay).
  5. Completed packets can be dropped off at any of our branches. If you are mailing your package please send to :

Attention: Scholarship Committee

SF Fire Credit Union

3201 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118

About Arthur F. McIntyre

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Arthur F. McIntyre

Arthur retired from the San Francisco Fire Department in 1976, after 30 years of service – the majority of which were spent at Engine 17, located behind the Mint at 5th and Jessie.

In addition to his career as a Firefighter, Arthur was also a veteran of WWII, a referee for both High School and College level basketball, a supervisor of the officials for the Pac Ten Conference, and was a key advocate for the improvement of working conditions for Firefighters in San Francisco.

In 1951, at the request of then Fire Chief Edward Walsh, Arthur became the first manager of SF Fire Credit Union. Through his vision and tireless efforts, Arthur served as the spark that made the Credit Union what it is today.