Arbor Financial Credit Union announces winners of 2018 Community Scholarship

KALAMAZOO, MI (June 14, 2018) — Arbor Financial Credit Union is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 Arbor Financial Community Scholarship.

The Arbor Financial Community Scholarship awards $24,000 to twelve high school seniors in any of 21 southwest Michigan counties serviced by Arbor Financial Credit Union. Since the creation of the scholarship in 1999, Arbor Financial has awarded more than $400,000 to area students through the program. The 2018 iteration of the scholarship was awarded on the strength of an essay answering the question, “If you could change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make and why?”

Nearly 200 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:

  • Allison Wolf, Hackett Catholic Prep, Aquinas College, Data Analytics & History
  • Allyssa Boes, Kalamazoo Christian High School, University of Michigan, Sociology (law), Justice and Social Change
  • Brenna Larkey, Otsego High School, University of Michigan, Nursing
  • Claire Dirette, Portage Northern High School, Michigan State University, Biology
  • Colin Assenmacher, Mattawan High School, Grand Valley State University, Biology
  • Dakota Garman, Mattawan High School, Grand Valley State University, Computer Engineering/Business
  • Emily Rehr, Plainwell High School, Iowa State University, Biosystems Engineering
  • Hannah Miller, Constantine High School, Highlands College, Worship and Pastoral Ministry
  • Morgan Hartline, Marcellus High School, Grand Valley State University, Secondary Education
  • Riley Piper, Schoolcraft High School, Western Michigan University, Civil Engineering
  • Sarah Grover, Home School, Cedarville University, Visual Communication Design/Graphic Design
  • Sarah Wheaton, Paw Paw High School, Western Michigan University, Pre-Optometry

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 2018, 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

Founded in 1935, Arbor Financial Credit Union’s purpose is to help members grow and achieve their dreams through innovative financial solutions. Offering a full range of financial services for personal, mortgage and business accounts, Arbor continues to experience rapid growth and has now exceeded $643 million in assets, and more than 40,000 members throughout Michigan. Arbor Financial has been received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award Winner for Ethics, and has also been recognized as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Places to Work’ both locally and nationally. Visit to learn more.


Audry McClure
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