In 1967, several ODOT employees came together and formed a credit union based on the cooperative philosophy of people helping people. One of these employees was Joseph W. Gentry, who served on the board of directors until he was appointed Director Emeritus. As Director Emeritus, Gentry represented the values and traditions upon which this credit union was built. He had two passions: the credit union and education.

It is our privilege to carry on his legacy and we award annual scholarships. Each year, candidates who have applied with the proper qualifications are required to answer one credit union-related question. Our current board of directors then selects the winners.

2019 Scholarship Application

  • 2019 Joseph W. Gentry Scholarship Application

    Bridge Credit Union is awarding 2 scholarships for $2,000 each to help you combat the costs of post-secondary education. Scholarship deadline is April 30, 2019. Scholarship winners will be notified in May 2019.
  • Pick one of the five fundamentals of credit unions and use it to convince your best friend why it's better to use a credit union than any other kind of financial institution. *Five fundamentals of all credit unions: cooperative business model, non-profit, democratically controlled (one member, one vote), member-owned, with a board of directors comprised of its member-owners.
  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible, entrants must submit a completed application. One scholarship submission per entrant. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Employees and Board members of Bridge Credit Union, and their immediate family members, are not eligible for scholarship opportunities. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions owned and democratically-controlled by their members. Ohio credit unions provide savings, loans, and other consumer financial services to their 2.75 million members. To learn more, visit
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Looking for Sponsorship for a Community Event or a Charitable Donation? Click here for more information.

Looking for Sponsorship for Extracurricular Activities? Click here for more information.