2017 Scholarship recipients hold their awards and a giant check.

2018 Community Choice Scholars

Higher education is one of the most reliable paths to increased opportunity. Unfortunately, many students who could benefit the most from a college education are either unable to afford it or rely on student loans. Through its Scholarship Program, the Community Choice Foundation empowers local students to achieve their college dreams while remaining in Michigan after graduation. When a student receives our financial support, they are pledging to use their education to Give Big™ in Michigan by living and working here after they graduate.

The application period for 2018 scholarships has ended

Applicants for the 2018 Community Choice Foundation scholarships will soon receive an email regarding the status of their application. As a reminder, with the Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, you can pay for college the smart way with three great repayment options and competitive interest rates! This loan is an ideal solution to help you pay for college expenses not covered by scholarships and federal loans.
Scholarship Application Process
Every year, we seek high school seniors who:

  • Currently attend a high school located in Michigan 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a strong record of service to their communities through volunteerism or public service
  • Plan to pursue a two or four-year degree at a Michigan college or university
  • Desire to live and work in Michigan after attaining a college degree

The application process includes submitting a written essay. In 2018, the essay topic was:
What career do you intend to pursue and why? How will your course work intended degree allow you to improve Michigan, its communities, or a Michigan industry?


The Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Program is one of the largest scholarship programs in the credit union industry both in Michigan and nationally, and has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships to 180 students since 2009. This program is funded by Community Choice Credit Union and the generous support of members, team members and local business partners. 
The Community Choice Foundation provides valuable networking and support, beyond financial aid, to help our Scholars innovate in their areas of passion and give back to their local communities. Through partnerships with non-profits, Scholars are provided opportunities to Give Big to our local communities through our annual Scholars Service Day.
“Being a Community Choice Scholar meant I was able to be supported in college , in my education and in the community service end of what I was wanting to do in life.”
A scholarship recipient holding her award.
A scholar helps a young child swing a baseball bat during a game.