Lake Trust Credit Union awards scholarships to bolster the pipeline for Michigan’s in-demand careers, help students realize dream of education

11 scholarship recipients explore life-changing opportunities through new beginnings and Michigan Impact Scholarships

DETROIT, MI (August 31, 2020) — Lake Trust Credit Union (Lake Trust), a community-based credit union serving nearly 200,000 individuals and businesses throughout Michigan, announced the recipients of the 2020 New Beginnings Scholarship and the 2020 Michigan Impact Scholarship. These two unique scholarship opportunities are sponsored by the Lake Trust Foundation to support Michigan students in pursuing their next chapter of their education.

Winner of the 2020 New Beginnings Scholarship

The 2020 New Beginnings Scholarship aims to highlight skilled trade work as a career path in Michigan. It is designed for those residents that are looking to further their education or career in a technical or trade field at a Michigan college or university in the next 12 months. Six winners were selected to receive up to $5,000 for tuition costs, trade equipment, professional dues and/or certifications. This year’s recipients included applicants from across Southern Michigan representing engineers, nursing programs, technicians and welders. See below for the complete list of recipients, their field of interest and school of choice.

  • Trevonne Beacham, studying Robotics and Automated Systems at Oakland Community College
  • Leena Bekkala, studying ICU nursing at Lansing Community College
  • Charles Haller, studying Diesel Technology at Auto Diesel Institute at Baker College
  • Remy Hoelbl, pursuing Energy Trades
  • Derek Maier, starting the Electro Mechanical Tech Program at MIAT
  • Matthew Kramer, studying Welding at Ferris State University

Winners of the 2020 Michigan Impact Scholarship

Lake Trust Foundation’s 2020 Michigan Impact Scholarship committee awarded five full-tuition scholarships for Michigan residents interested in attending Cleary University at their Livingston or Detroit campuses or online. Special consideration was given this year to applicants pursuing an education in one of Michigan’s Hot 50 Careers through 2026, to represent the demands of Michigan’s changing labor market. See below for the list of 2020 Michigan Impact Scholarship and corresponding field of studies.

  • Farah Austin – Business Degree with focus in Marketing
  • Kennedy Connolly – Masters in Strategic Leadership
  • Hunter Geisenhaver – Sports Promotion and Management
  • James Bell – Masters in Economics
  • Brendyn Galloner – Bachelors in Cybersecurity- Digital Forensics

“There has been a long acknowledgement of the skills gap and lack and increasing cost of advanced education and training. Through our New Beginnings and Michigan Impact scholarship programs, Lake Trust Foundation is committed to making a difference in this area and is proud to offer scholarships to talented individuals to support their individual educational journey while supporting the state’s economic growth,” Lake Trust CEO and President of the Lake Trust Foundation David Snodgrass said.

About Lake Trust Foundation

The Lake Trust Foundation, an independent entity of Lake Trust, is a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) organization established in 2013 to help build and sustain stronger communities. Through generous support from donors, The Lake Trust Foundation awards various grants, donations and scholarships to underserved Michiganders and community organizations each year—making a life-changing impact for those in need. To learn more, visit Lake Trust at


Alexia Garcia

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