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Michigan First Credit Union Awards $85,000 in College Scholarships to Metro Detroit High School and College Students
40 students receive scholarships ranging from $1,000-­‐$10,000

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. – March 21, 2013 – MichiganFirstCreditUnion, 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 $85,000 in scholarships to 40 deserving metro Detroit high school and college students. Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos made the announcement.

Now in its 10th year, Michigan First expanded its scholarship program in 2013 to include three categories: a high school video contest, high school essay contest and college video contest. The top three entries in each category received $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 scholarships respectively, while additional bonus scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to 31 individuals. Since its inception, the program has given away more than $730,000 to local students.

“Michigan First was founded by teachers, and it is inspiring for us to see these students use their creativity to express a passion for education,” Poulos said. “It is evident by the submissions that each of our contest participants has a bright future ahead of them. We look forward to further investing in the financial education for our youth in metro Detroit.”

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

High school essay contest winners:

  • Chandler Park Academy High School – Lamar Allen ($10,000)
  • Detroit Country Day School – Jonell Nwabueze ($5,000)
  • Cass Technical High School – Erika Reid ($3,000)
  • Southfield High School – Breyon Gaston ($1,000)
  • Renaissance High School – Derrick Hedwood ($1,000)
  • Cousino High Schoo l – Andreea Mitrache ($1,000)
  • Southfield Lathrup High School – Joshua Cummings ($1,000)
  • Divine Child High School – Starr – Ambrosia Muslim ($1,000)
  • University High School Academy – Devynne Davis ($1,000)
  • Renaissance High School – Lee Williams Jr. ($1,000)
  • Southfield Lathrup High School – Kendyl Stewart ($1,000)
  • South Lake High School – Shayla McCullough ($1,000)
  • Lake Shore High School – Chloe Jennings ($1,000)
  • Southfield High School – Kierra Tarrance ($1,000)
  • Groves High School – Autumn Palmer ($1,000)
  • Lahser High School – Deven Kishore ($1,000)
  • Cass Technical High School – Ashley Chillis ($1,000)
  • Southfield Christian High School – Imani Thomas ($1,000)
  • University High School Academy – Ashley Parker ($1,000)
  • Cass Technical High School – Kendal Cockrel ($1,000)
  • Seaholm High School – Taylor Wyllie ($1,000)
  • Grosse Pointe South High School – Olivia Culver ($1,000)
  • Cass Technical High School – Kayla Young ($1,000)
  • Southfield High School – Amber Hunter ($1,000)
  • Mesivta of Toledo – Michael Wayntraub ($1,000)
  • Southfield High School – Dominique Moore ($1,000)
  • University Liggett School – Briana Bellamy ($1,000)
  • Renaissance High School – Antashe Howard ($1,000)
  • University High School – Nia Byrd ($1,000)

College video contest winners:

  • University of Michigan – Clare Luckey ($10,000)
  • Wayne State University – Jaclyn Davis ($5,000)
  • Vanderbilt University – Danielle Morrison ($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 $160,000 annually to local charitable organizations and students.

About Michigan First Credit Union

Founded in 1926 by a small group of Detroit teachers, Lathrup Village-­‐based Michigan First Credit Union (www.MichiganFirst.com) has grown into a $640 million financial institution serving more than 90,000 individuals and local businesses in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. An industry leader in consumer-­‐focused technology and dedicated customer service, the credit union is also a significant supporter of local financial education and community organizations through the Michigan First Foundation, which donates $150,000 to more than 85 local nonprofits each year. For the latest news, and events, Follow Michigan First on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/MichiganFirstCU or “Like” Michigan First on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/MichiganFirstCreditUnion.

About Young & Free Michigan 
Young & Free Michigan, powered by Michigan First Credit Union, is an ongoing effort to give the 17-to-25 crowd a voice, a head start and useful information about their finances. Spokesperson Austin Chapman uses the site’s blog, videos and frequent community appearances to share insight into the best ways to handle financial issues and encourage young adults to take advantage of Michigan First’s First Gear accounts, tailored specifically to their needs. Learn more at YoungFreeMichigan.com.

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Michigan First to Award More Than $50,000 in Local Scholarships
Video and essay contests for Detroit-area students include three $10,000 grand prizes

LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. – Jan 15, 2013 – Michigan First Credit Union—together with Young & Free Michigan, its young adult financial education program—has given away more than $650,000 in scholarships to metro Detroit students over the past nine years. The community financial institution has expanded scholarship programs for 2013 to include a$10,000 grand prize in each of three categories.

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 sec. video or a 300-­word essay. For each category, this year’s question is “What would you do with $50,000?” The three winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and runners up will receive $5,000 and $3,000 scholarships. The top ten applicants in each category will be selected by online voting and a panel of judges will select the winners.

“By expanding our scholarships this year, we’ll be able to make an even greater impact in the lives and futures of local students,” says Michael Poulos, Michigan First’s president & CEO. “This credit union was founded by Detroit teachers and education is something we believe in doing our part to support. We’ll continue to work with local schools, educators and communities through our scholarships, student-­‐run credit union branches and the Young & Free Michigan program. Investing in the communities where our members live and work is a critical part of who we are.”

The Michigan First Foundation—a non-­‐profit founded in 2012 by the credit union with a focus on youth and education in metro Detroit—funds the scholarships as part of $160,000 in contributions to local charitable organizations and students each year.

In addition to the more than $50,000 awarded through the three categories, up to 30 $1,000 scholarships may be awarded to entries from selected high school participants in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Applications will be accepted January 15 through February 12 at YoungFreeMichigan.com. All applicants must be high school seniors or current college students as well as members of Michigan First Credit Union, but interested metro Detroit students may join 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 selected the week of March 4.

About Michigan First Credit Union 
Founded in 1926 by a small group of Detroit teachers, Lathrup Village-­‐based Michigan First Credit Union has grown into a more than $625 million financial institution serving nearly 90,000 individuals and local businesses in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. An industry leader in consumer-­‐focused technology and dedicated customer service, the credit union is also significant supporter of local financial education and community organizations through the Michigan First Foundation, which donates $160,000 to more than 85 local nonprofits each year. For the latest news, and events, follow Michigan First on Twitteror “Like” Michigan First on Facebook.

About Young & Free Michigan 
Young & Free Michigan, powered by Michigan First Credit Union, is an ongoing effort to give the 17-­‐to-­‐25 crowd a voice, a head start and useful information about their finances. Spokesperson Austin Chapman uses the site’s blog, videos and frequent community appearances to share insight into the best ways to handle financial issues and encourage young adults to take advantage of Michigan First’s First Gear accounts, tailored specifically to their needs. Learn more at YoungFreeMichigan.com.

The Oakland Press featured Spokester Austin Chapman and Michigan First’s Young & Free Michigan program as it encouraged local high school and college students to apply for the more than $50,000 in scholarships. With the Feb. 12 deadline for applications approaching, interested students in metro Detroit should visit YoungFreeMichigan.com to learn more.

Click here to read the full Oakland Press article.

One of our Young & Free scholarship winners, Clare Luckey, has been featured in the C & G News regarding her win. Clare, a chemical engineering student at University of Michigan, won the big $10,000 prize.

Read the article here.

Michigan First Credit Union, in conjunction with its young adult financial education program, Young & Free Michigan, announced the winners of its charitable online video and essay contest, awarding $85,000 in scholarships to 40 deserving metro Detroit high school and college students. Check out the coverage in each of these local Patch Publications for students who won in their area!