The Community Choice Foundation is helping Michigan hold on to its best and brightest youth through its sixth annual scholarship program. Twenty scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to local high school seniors who are excited about their future in our great state. Applications are being accepted online at CommunityChoiceFoundation.org now through March 9, 2014.
In order to be eligible for a Community Choice Foundation scholarship, applicants must plan on attending a Michigan college or university, and must pledge to stay in Michigan after college graduation. Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on grade point average, volunteer service, and a written essay, with some consideration given to financial need.
Since launching in 2009, Community Choice Foundation has infused over $500,000 into Michigan’s economy through 101 scholarships awarded. The program goes beyond merely awarding money by truly engaging scholars in the community.
“This scholarship is different. It’s geared toward students like me who are passionate about making a positive impact in our home state,” said University of Michigan freshman Lauren Krzisnik, a 2013 scholar. “Last summer I volunteered with Community Choice and Michigan Miracle League, helping kids with disabilities have a blast playing baseball. It’s these unique opportunities and the personal attention they give their scholars that shows they’re working hard to make Michigan stronger.”
Krzisnik continued that she is proud to go to school and build her future career here, in a gorgeous state full of determined people.
“The economy in Michigan is improving,” said Community Choice Credit Union President and CEO Robert Bava. “We started this program to help slow the flood of young talent leaving our state. Five years later, the tech community is on the rise, the auto industry has re-emerged, and excitement about staying in Michigan is growing. The scholarship program seeks to positively influence that trend and help establish Michigan as the best place to learn and work.”
The Community Choice Foundation has enjoyed generous support from the local business community and Credit Union members to make the scholarship program possible. Sponsorships begin at $500 and go up to a $5,000 full scholarship level. Donations of every amount are accepted. To donate, please contact Foundation Coordinator Abbey Bierlein at 877.243.2528, ext. 1128 or email ABierlein@CommunityChoiceCU.com.
This year’s scholars will be announced in the beginning of April and an awards ceremony will be held in May, featuring prominent area professionals who will celebrate the students’ success.
More information about the Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Program can be found online at CommunityChoiceFoundation.com.
About Community Choice Foundation: The Community Choice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity committed to improving the communities served by Community Choice Credit Union by motivating the best and brightest students to pursue higher education and build their careers in Michigan. Since its inception in 2009, the Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded $500,000 to 101 students from southeast Michigan.
About Community Choice Credit Union: Established in 1935, Community Choice Credit Unionoffers a wide variety of financial products and services for both consumers and businesses. Any individual who lives, works, or worships in the following counties is eligible to become a member of Community Choice Credit Union: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne County, Michigan. Since 2008, Community Choice has invested more than $751,285 dollars and 10,961 volunteer hours into its charitable Give Big efforts throughout Michigan. For more information, visit CommunityChoiceCU.com.