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March 11, 2015                                                       517.487.3700; cell 517.898.2858




Winners direct additional $1,000 to charities 

LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU is accepting applications for its 2015 “Write to Educate” Scholarship Contest that will award two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors and allow them each to select a local charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU. 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.

“This unique scholarship program provides two high school seniors the opportunity to begin their pursuit of post-secondary education with a financial boost and the opportunity to discover the joy of helping the less fortunate,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU vice president of community and business development. “The program helps provide access to higher education and contributes to the betterment of local charities. This supports LAFCU’s long-standing mission of ‘people helping people’.”

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 24. The winners will be chosen based on responses to a one-page essay on the topic: How does social media change real-life relationships?

   The two winning students will be announced Friday, May 8, and each winner will select one of the following four charities to receive the $500 donation from LAFCU:

  • American Red Cross
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank

Ellsworth Etchison is looking forward to reading the essays about how applicants perceive the impact of social media on real-life relationships.

“Though social media is relatively new, most teens and those in their early 20s probably don’t remember a time without it,” she said. “This topic should be within the comfort zone of high school seniors and allow for a healthy examination of social media’s advantageous and adverse effects on real-life relationships.”

Additional points for applicants to address in their one-page essays are:

1.    If you could change one thing about social media to enhance relationships with others, what would that be?

2.   What is social media’s impact on the development of youth?

Applicants must 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. For more information, visit

Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is proud to be mid-Michigan’s credit union, serving the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee. A recipient of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, LAFCU takes pride in bringing value to the financial lives of its members, neighbors, families and community. Offering a comprehensive range of personal and business financial products, LAFCU provides services that include checking and savings accounts, auto and mortgage lending, business accounts and business lending. LAFCU serves 55,000 members, holds more than $580 million in assets, and maintains eight locations throughout Greater Lansing and Shiawassee County. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in its designated counties is eligible to join. Members enjoy benefits, such as lower interest rates on loans, higher yields on savings, insurance discounts, preferred seating for LAFCU-sponsored events, and access to 28,000 surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP ATM network. LAFCU supports and enriches mid-Michigan by donating funds and employee volunteer hours to many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, please call 517.622.6600 or find us online:


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