LAFCU offers $5K in college scholarships, $1K in charity donations

Winner selection based on 1-page essay; application deadline March 31

LANSING, Mich. — LAFCU is accepting applications for its unique 2020 Write to Educate Essay Contest beginning Feb.1.

The contest awards $5,000 in two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors and asks each recipient to designate a charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU. The scholarships can be used at any accredited Michigan college or university beginning fall 2020. The entry deadline is March 31.

Lansing State Journal is the community sponsor of the contest.

LAFCU believes that higher education should be within reach of anyone who has the passion to pursue it,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer. “That’s why the recipients are selected based solely on their one-page essay without regard to other factors such as grades. Every student who is a high school senior in Michigan qualifies to apply for this scholarship.”

The Lansing credit union is chartered to serve people and businesses throughout Michigan.

For the essay, applicants are asked to examine technology in their life: Does it have a positive or negative effect on their personal safety? For example, how do they handle texting and driving, whether for themselves or others? The winning essays will be published in the Lansing State Journal.

In support of the credit union philosophy “People helping people,” LAFCU will donate $500 on behalf of each winner to one of the following charities of their choice:

•     The Arc of Mid-Michigan

•     Child and Family Charities

•     CASA for Kids

Applicants do not need to be LAFCU members.

Information is at where entries can also be uploaded.

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