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LAFCU awards Community Champions scholarship to Army veteran

Wednesday, August 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Lansing Lugnuts fans support the scholarship through in-park promotion

U.S. Army veteran Joshua Vaughn, of Charlotte, is the first to receive a $1,000 LAFCU Community Champions scholarship to attend Lansing Community College (LCC).

Vaughn was chosen based on a one-page essay identifying three reasons he was compelled to serve his country.

“Joshua’s amazing essay took us through a day of his service in Senjaray, Afghanistan,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing. “We saw war and the reasons he chose to serve our country through his eyes. It was powerful and inspiring.”

Vaughn chose to leave college before completing a degree to enlist. The service legacy of his grandfather influenced Vaughn to serve his country and to select the U.S. Army, the same branch in which his grandfather served during World War II. The desire to be part of the military brotherhood was also a factor, as well as the military educational assistance for veterans. He plans to earn a master’s degree in business.

The $1,000 award comprises a donation by LAFCU and funds donated to the scholarship by Lansing Lugnuts fans who participate in LAFCU Launch, an in-park promotion. Following the game at each LAFCU Fireworks Spectacular, fans donate $1 for each tennis ball they “launch” onto the field to try to win a $25 VISA card.

The LAFCU Community Champions program also includes recognition of active and veteran members of the military at Lansing Lugnuts LAFCU Fireworks Spectaculars. Visit or for more information.


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 nearly 60,000 members, holds more than $600 million in assets, and maintains nine 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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