Our annual Raymond Dudus Memorial Golf Outing was held on Monday, June 5, and we’d like to thank all of the participants and those who donated to the event. More than $60,000 was raised for the Michigan First Foundation and the money is used to support our yearly Young & Free Michigan scholarship program for high school seniors and college students.

If you would like to help provide scholarships, please consider a donation to the Michigan First Foundation here.

Your support is truly appreciated!

The Raymond Dudus Memorial Golf Classic is our event to raise funds for Young & Free Michigan’s High School and College Scholarship programs. The event also benefits the Lathrup Village Community Foundation, which improves recreation, educational, and cultural programs in the community.

Please join us on Monday, June 1 at Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Sign up to golf or become a sponsor here.

For information, please email golf@michiganfirst.com or call Fred Gravelle at 248.483.4529.

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. – Michigan First Credit Union, in conjunction with its young adult financial education program, Young & Free Michigan, announced today the winners of its charitable online video and essay contest, awarding $94,000 in scholarships to 49 deserving high school and college students from metro Detroit. Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos made the announcement.

Now in its 11th year, the scholarship program includes three contest categories: high school video, high school essay and college video. The top three entries in each category received $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 scholarships respectively, while additional scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to 40 individuals. Since its inception, the program has given away more than $820,000 to local students.

“As a credit union founded by teachers, we know our members and our team believe in the power of education,” Poulos said. “As college costs continue to rise, we’ll continue to support Michigan’s students and help them receive the best-possible education for their careers.”

The top 10 applicants in each category were selected through online public voting, before a panel of judges selected the following winners.

High school video contest winners:

  • Renaissance High School—DeAngelo Robinson ($10,000)
  • Roseville High School—Gailynn Mayer ($5,000)
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School—Andrew Wilkins ($3,000)

High school essay contest winners:

  • Ferndale High School—Jordan Jackson ($10,000)
  • Renaissance High School—Breanna Sullivan ($5,000)
  • Lake Shore High School—Paige Lambert ($3,000)

College video contest winners:

  • Wayne State University—Rachel Stevens, Livonia ($10,000)
  • University of Michigan —Ashley Parker, Southfield ($5,000)
  • University of Montana—Taylor Wyllie, Southfield ($3,000)

The scholarships are funded by the community financial institution’s nonprofit, Michigan First Foundation. Founded in 2012, the nonprofit focuses on youth and education, contributing more than $150,000 annually to local charitable organizations and students.

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. – January 15, 2014 – Michigan First Credit Union, in conjunction with its young adult financial education program, Young & Free Michigan, announced today the kickoff of its annual scholarship contest. The financial institution will give away up to $85,000 in scholarships—including three $10,000 first-­‐place awards—to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Over the past 10 years, Michigan First has given away more than $730,000 in scholarships to metro Detroit students. Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos made the announcement.

The three scholarship categories include a high school video contest, a high school essay contest and a college video contest. Applicants can create their response with a 60 second video or a 300-­‐word essay. For each category, this year’s question is, “What event or person (other than parents) has made the most significant impact in your life? How has that changed you and how will you use this going forward in life?”

“As a credit union founded by Detroit teachers, supporting the education of local metro Detroit students is a mission we are deeply committed to,” Poulos said. “Each year, through our partnerships with the local schools, educators, and the Young & Free program, our scholarship program continues to grow, leaving a positive impact in the communities in which we serve, and there is no greater honor than to be able to invest in these kids’ futures.”

The top 10 applicants in each category will be selected by online voting and a panel of judges will choose the final winners. The top three winners in each category will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and runners up will receive $5,000 and $3,000 scholarships. Additionally, Michigan First will select more than 30 additional high school applicants from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to receive $1,000 scholarships.

The Michigan First Foundation—a nonprofit founded in 2012 by the credit union with a focus on youth and education in metro Detroit—funds the scholarships as part of more than $150,000 in contributions to local charitable organizations and students each year.

Applications will be accepted January 15, 2014, through February 10, 2014, at YoungFreeMichigan.com. All applicants must be high school seniors or current college students, as well as members of Michigan First, but interested metro Detroit students may join the credit union when they apply for the contest. The public voting for the top videos and essays will take place between February 13 and 19, determining the top 10 finalists in each category. The winners will be announced the week of March 4.

Lawrence Tech News

February 25, 2014

Michigan First Kicks Off 2012 Scholarship programs

Lawrence Tech’s “Tech News” featured Michigan First Foundation’s inaugural college scholarship contest. The new foundation will continue the credit union’s rich legacy of support for dozens of educational and community-focused organizations and causes across metro Detroit.

Read the full article here.