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Now accepting Letters of Inquiry for

Robert "Bob" Scruggs Grant for Financial Literacy!

The Skyla Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the Robert "Bob" Scruggs Grant for Financial Literacy. This grant is offered to organizations seeking to create or expand upon programs focused on providing financial education in the communities we serve.

Mr. Scruggs, a signer of the original chartering certificate and present for the formation of the Cone Mills Greensboro Federal Credit Union (now Skyla Credit Union), was a valued advocate, dedicated volunteer, and served on our Board of Directors, from 1963 until his passing on February 9, 2021. We are honored to carry on Bob’s dedication and commitment to the membership and employees of our credit union with his own namesake grant.

At Skyla, we believe in building financial freedom for all. The ability to understand and effectively utilize various financial skills and concepts – such as budgeting, savings strategies, managing and paying off debt, and planning for retirement – is foundational in empowering individuals to make smarter financial decisions. By partnering with local organizations, we can bring this vision to life!

Please download, complete, and submit the Letter of Inquiry no later than December 15th

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positively impacting our local community

At Skyla, we believe in empowering all of the ways our customers want to help their community. Because at the end of the day, we’re a part of that community, too. Take a peek at what we’re doing to build a better community, together:

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organizations supported

to build a stronger community

Goodwill Opportunity Campus

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Goodwill’s mission is more than getting people a job... it’s about helping to secure family-sustaining employment so that individuals can build a foundation for the future. Skyla houses a full-service branch and an ATM at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus, which enables us to provide financial services that are accessible to all as well as specialty products for the unbanked and those needing a fresh start.

At Skyla, our focus is on the individual, building a relationship and a strong foundation that prepares you for long-term financial success. Our core values and philosophy of service align seamlessly with Goodwill and we are thrilled to be an integral aspect of the financial empowerment model that positively influences the economic mobility of those within our community.

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common wealth charlotte

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Common Wealth Charlotte (CWC)  is an innovative non-profit that helps low-income individuals and families become banked and build financial capacity. Skyla is proud to work with CWC as their financial institution and shares in CWC’s commitment to providing financial empowerment through financial education coupled with access to specially-designed financial products.

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habitat for humanity charlotte

We’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity Charlotte to provide affordable mortgage funding for new, qualifying Habitat homeowners. Together, we’ll be enabling more members of the greater Charlotte region to realize a safe, affordable place to call home, setting them on a path of new opportunity, increased confidence, and self-reliance. 

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invested at all levels

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enabling, enriching, & encouraging the lives of the community in which we serve

The Skyla Foundation is dedicated to partnering with and supporting the local Charlotte community through annual scholarship awards and grant contributions to local organizations and initiatives.

Simply Elite Checking account holder? $1 of the monthly cost is donated to the Skyla Foundation, meaning you're helping to make a difference in the community, too!

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Herman Hoose Scholarship
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herman hoose scholarship award

Each May, Skyla awards 20 $5,000 Herman Hoose Scholarships. Each scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who is graduating from high school in the current school year and enrolls in an institution of higher education for the fall of that same year.

Skyla is partnering with the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation on the 2022-2023 Herman Hoose Scholarshipcycle. The application window is from October 1 to February 1.

  • Applicants must have an account with Skyla. Memberships of parents or other immediate family members do not qualify.
  • Applications are not accepted for enrollment as a part-time student, for vocational or trade schools, or for adult remedial high school academic courses.
  • Along with the application, a current transcript of the student’s high school academic record must be included.
  • Applicants must possess a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4-point (non-weighted) scale.
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community grant requests

Through our Community Grant Program, we’re proud to support the needs of our surrounding community by providing grants to local organizations in the following categories: Children and Youth Services, Health, Housing and Shelter, Technology, and Women’s Services.

For consideration, please visit this page on September 1 to download and complete the Letter of Inquiry. In November, letters will be reviewed and some organizations will be invited to complete a grant application request. The committee will meet annually to review grant requests. Grant announcements will be made in April.

  • Projects for grant proposals must be a positive contribution to the community and must take place within Skyla’s current service area
  • Applications are not accepted for organizations whose primary purpose is religious, legislative, political, or athletic teams
  • Awarded grants range from $2,500 – $10,000
need some help?

grant writing resources

If your organization is interested in a Skyla Foundation grant but you need some assistance with grant writing, we're here to help! Below is a list of free resources available to aid your grant writing process: 

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contribution requests

Skyla welcomes the opportunity to sponsor community initiatives. Please submit our Community Contribution Request form for consideration. 

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Benefit a charitable cause or effort and be a positive contribution to the community as a whole
  • Occur or take effect within Skyla’s current service area and are limited to one community contribution per calendar year
  • Organizations / projects may not have a religious, legislative, or political purpose

Psst... we're currently revamping our Community Contribution program and have closed the submission portal for 2022. Please check back in January for some exciting updates!

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