Michigan high school seniors who have a passion for giving back, and a desire to stay in state for college and beyond, have the chance to win one of twenty $5,000 scholarships through the annual Community Choice Scholarship Program.
Since 2009, the Community Choice Scholarship Program has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to 160 Michigan students and remains one of the largest scholarship programs in the credit union industry both in Michigan and nationally. It was created at the height of the Great Recession as a way to combat the droves of students who were leaving Michigan to pursue their education and career elsewhere.
“Retaining Michigan’s young talent is vital to the continued resurgence of our state’s economy,” said Steven Hernandez, Foundation Development Coordinator. “These scholarships not only act as a stepping stone to help students grow their careers here in Michigan, but also serve as a reminder that they have an entire organization and network back at home rooting for them as they head off to college.”
To be eligible, applicants must live in Michigan, plan on attending a Michigan college or university, and must pledge to stay in Michigan after college. They must also maintain a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and have a strong record of giving big to their community through volunteerism or public service.
Students are encouraged to apply now. Applications are being accepted online at communitychoicefoundation.com through February 1, 2017.
The newest 2017 scholars will be welcomed to the group during an award presentation in April.
To donate to the scholarship program, or for questions regarding the application process, contact Foundation Coordinator Steven Hernandez at 877-243-2528, ext. 1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.