Arbor Financial Credit Union announces winners of 2019 Community Scholarship

KALAMAZOO, MI (July 1, 2019) — Arbor Financial Credit Union is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Arbor Financial Community Scholarship.

The Arbor Financial Community Scholarship awards $24,000 to twelve high school seniors residing in Michigan. Since the creation of the scholarship program in 1999, Arbor Financial has awarded $460,000 to area students through the program. The 2019 scholarships were awarded based on the strength of the essay which addressed the topic: “Share with us a time when their ethics guided you to do the right thing in a difficult situation.”

Nearly 150 students submitted entries, which were presented anonymously to a team of Arbor Financial volunteers for evaluation.  Finalists were then presented to Arbor Financial’s Board of Directors where the following twelve winners were selected:

  • Alisa Ertman, Schoolcraft High School, Ferris State University, Radiology.
  • Autumn Cain, Gull Lake High School, University of Michigan, Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics.
  • Daisy Bennett, Plainwell High School, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nurse Midwife.
  • Grey Buchheit, Schoolcraft High School, Grand Valley State University, Special Education Teaching.
  • Hayden VanderWeele, Portage Northern High School, Trine University, Engineering.
  • Jessica Eddy, Homeschool, Cornerstone University, Psychology and Professional Writing.
  • Kylie Brown, Portage Central High School, Western Michigan University, Vocal Performance.
  • Madeline Ritter, Vicksburg High School, Western Michigan University, Communication and Psychology.
  • Meris Watson, Coloma Community High School, Lake Michigan College, Business.
  • Natalie Howard, Kalamazoo Central High School, Michigan Technological University, Sustainability Science and Society.
  • Victoria Strickland, Kalamazoo Central High School, Eastern Michigan University, Psychology.
  • Will Keller, Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo College, Biology.

In addition to the scholarship program, Arbor Financial offers the Volt Account, a unique bundled account designed especially for young adults, to help them take charge of their money as they transition to independence.  What’s more, as a gift to the high school graduating Class of 2019, Arbor Financial is offering a gift of $25 after members complete three debit card transactions.  Details can be found at

About Arbor Financial Credit Union

Arbor Financial Credit Union offers a complete range of financial services including personal, mortgage, and business accounts. Arbor’s purpose is to grow the financial well-being of their members. Founded in 1935, Arbor now has over 46,288 members throughout Michigan with assets of $903 million and growing. You can visit to learn how you can GET MORE with Arbor Financial Credit Union.


Michaela Tuttle
Marketing Specialist
1551 South 9th Street
Kalamazoo MI 49009
t: 269.544.3404

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