In 1935, at the home of Arthur and May Jenkins, a few neighbors put five dollars into a bowl that anyone could borrow during their time of need. This bowl and its contents created the foundation for Community Choice Credit Union.
As my feet pound the pavement at cross country practice, I hear my coach’s voice echoing in my head. “Remember who you are, whose you are, and who’s watching you.” I grit my teeth and push my legs to run faster, embracing the lactic acid pileup I’m creating during this interval.
Who I am
I am a student. An athlete. A friend. I am a member of a community that cultivates growth and success for its youth. I am part of a state that works to find beauty in all situations, as I am reminded every day when I turn on the radio and hear “that’s Pure Michigan.”
Being a fourth generation Michigander, the state has always been home. My great-grandfathers, grandfathers, and my parents have all worked in the core industries of Michigan; now, I am ready to do my part.
Inspired. Proud. Awed. Those are just a few of the words I would use to describe how I felt as we honored the 2016 class of Community Choice Foundation Scholars. This year, we opened the program to applicants from across the state and I was beyond impressed with the more than 300 applications we received. Our Scholars must meet rigorous academic requirements in order to become eligible for a scholarship and must be truly exceptional if they hope to win.
As part of the Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Program, 20 high school seniors across the state of Michigan won $5,000 scholarships — totaling $100,000 — for pledging to attend college in Michigan and committing to giving back to the state by building their careers here.
$100,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to students across Michigan
Community Choice Credit Union announced today that the Community Choice Foundation is offering students additional time to apply for its annual scholarship program, extending the application deadline to Tuesday, March 1.
“The Community Choice Scholarship Program was created at the height of the Great Recession as a way to encourage Michigan’s young talent to stay in-state,” said Robert Bava, president and CEO of Community Choice Credit Union. “Now that Michigan’s economy is rebounding, there is a need for young people to fill the jobs that are growing here in number every day.”
Community Choice Credit Union put its philosophy of giving big into action during the seventh annual Give Big Weekend from September 24 – 28, 2015. Each year, Credit Union employees and their families gather to volunteer and raise funds for non-profits around metro Detroit. This year, more than 439 hours of service were given by nearly 200 volunteers.
As part of the Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Program, 20 high school seniors across Metro Detroit won $5,000 scholarships—totaling $100,000—for pledging to attend college in Michigan and committing to giving back to the state by building their careers here.
Now in its 7th year, the Community Choice Scholarship Program is one of the largest scholarship programs in the credit union industry both in Michigan and nationally, and has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to 140 students in the metro Detroit area since it began in 2009. The program is designed specifically to keep Michigan’s young talent in the state.
On May 6, the Community Choice Foundation awarded twenty $5,000 scholarships at its 7th Annual Scholar Awards Ceremony held in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The program designates $100,000 in college scholarships every year for our area’s best and brightest students who exhibit academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities and a dedication to community service.
Community Choice Credit Union announced today that the Community Choice Foundation is offering students two more weeks to apply for its annual scholarship program, extending the application deadline to Tuesday, February 17.
“With many students still waiting to hear back from colleges and midterm exams just finishing up, the extra two weeks may be very valuable to families,” said Abbey Dinsmore, foundation coordinator of Community Choice Credit Union. “A scholarship could make all the difference in a student’s first year of college and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to apply.”
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to local high school seniors who pledge to stay in Michigan after graduation. Eligible applicants plan on attending a Michigan college or university, and must pledge to stay in Michigan after college graduation. Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on grade point average, dedication to community service and a written essay. Applicants must either reside in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County, and/or be a member of Community Choice Credit Union.
Applications are being accepted online at CommunityChoiceFoundation.com.
Since launching the program in 2009, the Community Choice Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in college scholarships to 121 Southeast Michigan students. The newest 2015 scholars will be welcomed to the group during an award presentation in May.
For questions regarding the application process, students may contact foundation coordinator Abbey Dinsmore at 877.243.2528, ext. 1128 or email ADinsmore@CommunityChoiceCU.com.