Aspire Scholarship & Career Start Program

Foundation for success and an investment in you!

The ASP!RE Program is a unique scholarship and career start program that helps pay your tuition and gives you a head start in the financial services industry. If accepted into the program, you will receive an annual cash contribution to your education, guaranteed summer employment while in school, and a guaranteed position with our credit union following graduation. This program will provide you with valuable, hands-on work experience that aligns your educational goals with our business needs.


The ASP!RE Program can provide you with up to $10,000 per year for post-secondary education costs. If you are a student who is currently enrolled in your first, second, or third year of a full-time diploma or degree program, you are eligible to apply.

The ASP!RE Program will provide you with guaranteed summer work for each year you are in school, and a permanent full-time position upon graduation, in exchange for a return in service equal to the period of the scholarship received. For example, if you are accepted into the program and receive a total scholarship of $20,000 for your third and fourth years of school, your return of service commitment to Prairie Centre Credit Union will be two years.  Prairie Centre Credit Union is Saskatchewan's largest rural-based credit union serving over 14,000 members in 13 locations.  We're a financial co-operative born on the prairies for people who want to live, work, and prosper here. 

 Program Benefits:

  • Receive up to $10,000 per year for your education, to a maximum of $30,000.

  • Arranged summer employment with a competitive salary during the work term; salary will be paid based on the pay grade of the position you are assigned to for the summer term.

  • Opportunity to be introduced to a wide range of positions while working alongside credit union professionals.

  • Application of your academic skills while gaining valuable, relevant work experience.

  • Guaranteed full-time employment upon graduation and preparation for a management career with PCCU.

  • Prairie Centre provides employees with competitive salaries, matched pension plan, comprehensive benefits package, four weeks’ vacation to start, and many other staff perks.

 Program Eligibility:

  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary diploma or degree program that is relevant to the financial services industry (i.e. Business Administration, Commerce, Agriculture, Ag-Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Management, etc.).

  • Students who are in their first, second, or third year of studies may apply.

  • Preference may be given to students with a rural/agriculture background.

  • Students must meet the same employment requirements as full-time staff including a criminal record check, bonding eligibility, and satisfactory credit bureau.

  • Student must possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle and be able to travel.

  • Students must be Canadian citizens.

  • Students must commit to a return of full-time service equal to the number of scholarships received.

 Application Process:

  • Applicants must complete the application form in full.

  • Applicants must submit a current resume including three references, preferably:

    • One reference from school

    • One reference from a past employer

    • One reference who has personal knowledge of you and your accomplishments

  • Completed Aspire application form and resume shall be emailed to: aspire@pccu.ca prior to the submission deadline.

  • Selected applicants will be scheduled to participate in an interview in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

Please submit your application for the ASP!RE opportunity no later than 5:00 pm on November 2, 2018.   

 Click here to download the 2018 Asp!re Application

 

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