Lake Michigan Credit Union sponsors 2014 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest

Lake Michigan Credit Union Sponsors 2014 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (October 29, 2014) — 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 eight $2,000 scholarships toward the advancement of their future academic goals. 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 is How has social media helped or hindered social interaction?

Applicants are to write an original 750-1,500 word essay exploring the topic in its entirety. Essays will be evaluated by a panel of independent local judges, with greater emphasis placed on creativity, clarity and originality than mechanical or grammatical proficiency.

Since 1991, The Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship has provided over $252,000 in scholarship dollars to local high school seniors. In 2013, a record 419 essays were received for consideration, and scholarships were awarded to students from Grand Rapids Union, West Ottawa, Rockford, Zeeland West, Grand Rapids Christian, West Catholic, Forest Hills Eastern and Forest Hills Northern high schools.

Who is eligible?

High school seniors who are members of Lake Michigan Credit Union or dependent children of Lake Michigan Credit Union members are eligible for the program (except for LMCU employees, children of LMCU directors, officers or employees). The parent or student must be a member in good standing of Lake Michigan Credit Union on the date of the application and must also be a member on the first day of the academic year in which the award is used.

All applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enter a trade school, college or university in the following academic year. These students may include general education students, special education students and students with limited English proficiency.

Winners will be announced in LMCU’s May 2014 newsletter and online at

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2014.

Interested high school seniors must complete an application available at any LMCU branch location or online at Questions or concerns can be directed to LMCU’s Community Relations Director, Matt Cook. He can be reached at

Awards will be paid to the recipient and educational institution in which the student is enrolled, to provide financial assistance in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree at an accredited trade school, college or university. The money may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment.

Lake Michigan Credit Union is proud to support area students in their pursuit of academic and real-world success.

Lake Michigan Credit Union is the largest financial institution headquartered in West Michigan, and the second largest credit union in the state. Assets exceed $2.9 billion, with over 270,000 members, 32 convenient branch locations and 92 ATMs in West Michigan, including Kalamazoo and St. Joseph, plus mortgage offices in Traverse City and Saginaw. LMCU provides a full-range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to mortgages, commercial loans, insurance and investment services. Membership is open to anyone. To find out more, please visit

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