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LAFCU offers two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors

Wednesday, March 09, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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Winners direct additional $1,000 to local charities for food programs

LAFCU is accepting applications for its 2016 “Write to Educate Essay Contest” that awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors and allows them to each select a local charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU.

The application deadline is Friday, April 22. Applications are available online at

One scholarship is for a student who will attend Baker College of Owosso; the other is for a student who will attend Lansing Community College.

“We are again looking forward to helping make the financial entry into college easier for two students and to make a meaningful contribution to their charities of choice; two things that support our mission of ‘people helping people,’” said Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing.

Winners will be chosen based on responses to a one-page essay about an improvement the applicant could implement at their high school before they graduate that would also benefit the community.

Each winner will select one of the following charities to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU:

  • Allen Street Farmers Market
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army Owosso for its food and nutrition programs
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen

“We’re asking the applicants to engage in thinking how one person can make a difference and about the role of charities in our community,” Ellsworth Etchison said. “This type of leadership development is what makes the LAFCU ‘Write to Educate Essay Contest’ unique.”

Eligible applicants attend high school in the LAFCU service territory, which includes the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee. They do not need to be members of LAFCU to apply.

Entries may be uploaded via or mailed to LAFCU, P.O. Box 26188, Lansing, Michigan, 48909-6188. For more information, visit


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