First Financial Federal Credit Union

The First Financial Foundation

Since 1994, First Financial Federal Credit Union has supported the Monmouth & Ocean County communities with the Erma Dorrer Scholarship Program. Today, that program has been extended into the First Financial Foundation to assist charitable organizations and it supports a variety of local programs within our community.

2015 Board Members

Issa Stephan – Chairperson
Nancy Culp – Treasurer
Jessica Revoir – Secretary
Matthew Brazinski – Member
Nicole Andretta – Member  

Erma Dorrer Literary Scholarship Program - Now Accepting Entries Until July 3rd!

For 2015, we will be awarding (4) $500 college scholarships.  Students must apply by 11:59pm on Friday, July 3rd and meet the following criteria:

Applicants must answer the following two-part question to qualify (the questions can be answered via written essay or short YouTube video clip):

What is the best piece of financial advice you ever received and why? Who gave you the advice, and how are you using it currently or to shape your financial future?

Applicants can submit either a written essay or video clip to answer the question. Essays should be no longer than two pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Video clips should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube prior to applying, and no more than 2 minutes in length. Creativity is encouraged!

To qualify:

  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two First Financial members (must be a member as of December 31, 2014) who will attend (Fall 2015 Semester) a 2 or 4 year college anywhere within the country.  The student must also be a graduating high school senior from the class of 2015. *Selected recipients of the scholarship will receive the scholarship via a deposit into their First Financial account. No printed checks will be awarded.
  • Two additional $500 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors from within the Freehold Regional High School District (Howell, Freehold Township, Freehold Boro, Colts Neck, Manalapan, or Marlboro High School), who will attend (Fall 2015 Semester) a 2 or 4 year college anywhere within the country.  The student must also be a graduating high school senior from the class of 2015. *The student does not have to be a First Financial member to apply for the scholarship, however in order to receive the $500 scholarship – the student will need to open a First Financial membership and should they be selected as a recipient of the scholarship, it will be directly deposited into their First Financial account only. No printed checks will be awarded.
  • Students accepted to trade or technical schools will not qualify for this scholarship.
  • A valid copy of either a college acceptance letter, student schedule, or registration confirmation must accompany all applications.

Winners will be announced and notified via email by 5pm on July 24, 2015.

*To apply, please email the essay or the link to your YouTube video to the First Financial Foundation at foundation@firstffcu.com, or you may send a printed copy of your essay or flash drive (these will not be returned to you), and supporting documentation to the First Financial Foundation at PO Box 1172, Toms River NJ 08754.  Please be sure to list your contact information on your entry including your full name, address, phone, email, name & location of high school you graduated from in 2015, membership number and date of membership (if applicable), where you will be attending college in the Fall 2015 Semester, any volunteer work you participate in, and a valid copy of either a college acceptance letter, student schedule, or registration confirmation to a 2 or 4 year college. 

**Children or relatives of First Financial employees or members of the Board of Directors, or those living within the same household as a First Financial employee or Board Member – are not eligible to apply for the Erma Dorrer Scholarship.

Grocery Store Club Cards: Donate 1% of Your Bill to the Community!

Just by doing your regular grocery shopping at Pathmark, Foodtown, and A&P (in New Jersey), you can help the First Financial Foundation grow.  In order for 1% of your grocery bill to be donated back to the Foundation to help support local classroom grants and college scholarships, fill out this brief survey with your club card information if you shop at A&P or Foodtown - and we will register the card for you.  All you need to enter is your name, zip code, email address, and your club card number or the phone number you registered your card with. If you shop at Pathmark, you need to go to the customer service desk and get a free Community Rewards Card or click here for a short video on how to get started.

It's that simple, and 1% of your regular grocery purchases will be  donated on your behalf and goes directly toward education in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Thank you for your support!

Contact Us

Email us at foundation@firstffcu.com

Send any written requests to:

First Financial Foundation
P.O. Box 1172
Toms River, NJ 08754-1172

The First Financial Federal Credit Union Foundation is a non-profit working to support a variety of community programs and organizations throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. We direct 100% of your contributions to programs because all administrative expenses are paid for by First Financial Federal Credit Union.