LAFCU offers $5,000 in scholarships to high school seniors

Winners direct additional $1,000 to charities; application deadline April 30

LANSING, MI (March 23, 2018) — LAFCU is accepting applications for its 2018 Write to Educate Essay Contest that offers two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors and allows them each to select a charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU. The Lansing State Journal is the community sponsor of the contest.

The entry deadline is April 30. The scholarships can be used at Lansing Community College or Baker College’s Owosso campus. Applications are available online at

“This scholarship program demonstrates the power of communication and of giving back,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing. “We’re hoping to influence our next generation of leaders to consider how they can adopt a community-minded vision and help strengthen the world around them.”

Winners will be chosen based on their one-page essay in response to the questions: Why is the credit union philosophy of “People helping people” important? How can you embody this principle in your community, on your college campus or through volunteerism?”

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

Each winner will select a charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU. The options are:

•    Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region

•    Building Twentyone

•    Shiawassee Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council

Applicants do not need to be members of LAFCU, but they must attend high school in LAFCU’s service territory, which is the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee.

Entries may be uploaded via 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 74,000 members and holds over $986 million 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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