Lake Michigan Credit Union announces 2020-21 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest winners

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (May 6, 2021) — Established in 1990 by Lake Michigan Credit Union (“LMCU”), the annual Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest provides local high school seniors with the opportunity to win one of twenty $2,000 college scholarships. This scholarship program honors the legacy of LMCU founder, Lloyd F. Hutt, and his lifelong commitment to education and community involvement.

This year’s essay topic was:

“A Day in the Life. Describe one day in your life from the past year.”

Applicants were required to write an original 750-1,500 word essay exploring the topic. Essays are were evaluated by a panel of independent judges, with the greatest emphasis placed on passion for the topic, creativity, clarity, and originality.

Since 1990, the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship has provided over $460,000 in scholarship dollars to 272 local high school seniors. This year,1,346 students entered their essays.

The 20 recipients include:

Kaia Cooper, Ravenna High School
Lydia Derks, Traverse City West Senior High School
Lynlee Derrick, Forest Hills Central High School
Katie Donahue, St. Francis High School
Alayah Dudley, Jenison International Academy
Annie Garcia, Okemos High School
Jordan Hochman, Community School of Naples
Ashley Kluting, Coopersville High School
Yzabella Lab, Lakewood High School
Sydney Osterberg, Rockford High School
Madeline Peoples, Comstock Park High School
Annabelle Rickert, Thornapple Kellogg High School
Rachel Schenck, Forest Hills Central High School
Elaiyna Schwartzkopf, Calvary Baptist Academy
Katelyn Turner, Zeeland East High School
Livvie VanEss, East Grand Rapids High School
Grace VanZanten, iCademy Global
Reagan Voetberg, Portage Central High School
Joey Whitmore, Rockford High School
Daphne Yaman, Mattawan High School

LMCU’s Community Relations Manager, Alexis Reame, congratulated this year’s winners, “This year’s competition was one of the toughest yet. The twenty winning essays stood out to our judges for their extraordinary passion and strong connection to the topic. We want to congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients and the class of 2021 for their determination, perseverance and success, both in and out of the classroom.”

LMCU is proud to support our communities’ high school seniors in their pursuit of higher education.

About Lake Michigan Credit Union

Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is the largest credit union in Michigan. Employing a staff of over 1,300, LMCU's assets exceed $6.9 billion, with a mortgage servicing portfolio of over $11 billion and over 460,000 members. LMCU has 55 convenient branch locations overall, including 11 in southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full-range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments and commercial banking. To find out more, visit


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