LAFCU offers $5,000 in scholarships to Baker College, LCC for high school seniors

Contest includes community component with winners directing additional $1,000 to local charities; application deadline March 31

LANSING, MI (February 18, 2019) — LAFCU is accepting applications for its 2019 Write to Educate Essay Contest that offers two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors and allows each winner to direct a $500 donation from LAFCU to a charity. Lansing State Journal is the community sponsor of the contest.

The scholarships can be used at Lansing Community College, Lansing, or at any Baker College campus in Michigan or online.

The entry deadline is March 31. Applications are available at

“Education is powerful,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer. “It can change a person’s life and strengthen a community. LAFCU offers the Write to Educate Essay Contest to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

“In addition, the charity donation aspect of the contest helps students develop the leadership skills of recognizing social needs and having empathy for others.”

Winners will be chosen based on their one-page essay in response to the questions: Why is diversity important? How can you embrace and promote diversity in college?

The winning essays will be published in the Lansing State Journal.

A donation of $500 will be made to the charity of each winner’s choice of one of the following organizations:

  • Shiawassee Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity Capital Region
  • Haven House

Applicants do not need to be members of LAFCU, but they must attend high school in Michigan, LAFCU’s service territory.

Entries may be uploaded online or mailed to LAFCU. For more information, visit

About LAFCU (MI)

Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 74,000 members and holds over $1 billion in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low-interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit


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