Michigan First Credit Union Awards $94,000 in Scholarships to Michigan High School and College Students

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.