Applications are now open for $100,000 college scholarship program

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 of the Community Choice Foundation. “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 through Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

The newest 2017 scholars will be welcomed to the group during an award presentation in April.

The Community Choice Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, relies on generous support from the Credit Union, local businesses, the community and Credit Union members to make the scholarship program possible. Sponsorships begin at $500 and go up to a full $5,000 scholarship level. Donations of every amount are accepted. To donate, or for questions regarding the application process, please contact Foundation Coordinator Steven Hernandez at 877.243.2528, ext. 1978 or email

About Community Choice Foundation: Since 2008 Community Choice Credit Union has put its Give Big philosophy into action through the Community Choice Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Foundation is committed to improving the communities served by Community Choice Credit Union through donations and volunteerism, as well as a scholarship program that provides 20 scholarships each year totaling $100,000 to local students who pledge to attend college in Michigan and commit to giving back to the state by building their careers here. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $880,000 to local charitable programs and events.

About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Union offers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, studies or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Allegan, Genesee, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Ottawa, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $992,623 and 17,294 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. If you’re looking for an experience that’s different from your current banking relationship, let’s get together. For more information, visit