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.
Last weekend a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Equador’s northern coast and the aftershocks continue to shock the region. The result—hundreds of lives lost. According to Defense Minister Ricardo Patino, “This is Equador’s deadliest earthquake since 1987, and it is expected to take years to recover.” In addition, systematic processes for livelihood were brought to a halt. Payments systems through credit unions provide financial resources for many citizens and as a result of the tragedy, 26 credit unions and their 252,343 members were affected.
$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.”
The Community Choice Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program, which awards $100,000 in scholarships to graduating high school students who pledge to attend college in Michigan and commit to giving back to the state by building their careers here.
Now in its eighth 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 2009.
Led by the Give Big™ spirit of team members, Community Choice Credit Union recently held a drive to collect goods which were provided to All Worthy of Love, located in Detroit, and New Creation Cupcakes located in both Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Michigan. Both companies are focused on raising awareness and ending human trafficking.
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.