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.

We will accept applications for the 2018 Community Choice Foundation scholarship from November 27, 2017, through February 28, 2018.
We are seeking 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 includes the following essay prompt:
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?
Please type your essay before beginning the application, then copy and paste it into the space provided. The essay must be between 800-1000 words and should demonstrate both your writing and self-analysis skills. Essays will be scored on: development of your theme/topic; how clearly your voice, facts and examples support your theme; development of an introduction and conclusion; organization of your thoughts; and spelling, punctuation and grammar. 


The Choose Michigan 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.