The 2014-2015 Community Choice scholarship application period is now closed

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Scholarship eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a scholarship.

  • Must be either a member of Community Choice Credit Union, OR live in live in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne county.
  • Must be graduating high school in the spring of 2015.
  • Must be planning to attend an accredited college or university in Michigan.
  • Must be enrolling in either a two or four-year degree program.
  • Must intend to remain a Michigan resident after college graduation.
  • Must not be related to a Community Choice Credit Union Board Member or team member (employee).
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Essay guidelines

Please choose one of the essay prompts below. Your essay must be between 500-700 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. You will be asked to submit your essay as an attachment at the end of the online application process.

1. If you could change any one thing about Michigan, what would it be and why?

2. If you were to volunteer at only one place in your community or southeast Michigan for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

3. Why have you decided to remain a Michigan resident and how will your course work and intended degree enable you to improve Michigan, its communities, or a Michigan industry?

Community Choice Credit Union is committed to

Michigan and putting an end to our state’s brain drain

That’s why the Community Choice Foundation awards up to $100,000 annually to our area’s best and brightest students who pledge to stay in Michigan after college graduation. With over 120 Community Choice Scholars past and present, the impact can be seen across the state as these talented Michiganders become community and workforce leaders.

Congratulations to the 

2014 Community Choice Scholars!

Alexandra Bergquist

Lake Orion High School

Michigan Technological University

Environmental Engineering

"I would love to be able to put my skill set to use to help preserve the water here in Michigan for many years to come..."

Erin Drabicki

Divine Child High School

University of Michigan

Communication Studies

"I can see myself broadcasting the good and creating a positive image for Michigan."

Gabrielle Dolenga

Rochester Adams High School

Michigan State University

Communication Studies

"What better way to spur this comeback than further develop and promote companies that have already laid their roots in the Great Lakes State..."

Mekenna Eisert

Clarkston High School

University of Michigan


"My community has taught me how to respect, stand up for what I believe in, and blaze a path of success."

Leila Eter

Crestwood High School

University of Michigan


"I yearn to be a role model, to improve lives in such a way that is contagious."

Maleika Flemister

John J. Pershing High School

Wayne State University


"I feel that art is a part of Detroit's history. Detroit is known for Motown music, Detroit Institute of Arts, graffiti and more. Detroit is known for its creativity."

Laura Gray

Chippewa Valley High School

Saginaw Valley State University

Special and Elementary Education

"Helping the community is important to me because I know not everyone is as blessed as I am..."

Sarah Hoffman

Mercy High School

University of Michigan


"As a nurse, I will be instrumental in the healing and health of future generations of Michigan's world changers and leaders."

Kari Jurewicz

International Academy West

Michigan State University


"I fully intend to push myself beyond expectations so I can one day give back to a community that never stops supporting me."

Karissa Koomen

Novi High School

University of Michigan


"My hope is to one day bring new life into the state of Michigan through working in a labor and delivery unit of a hospital."

Gabriella Menassa

Regina High School

Michigan State University


"With my business degree in marketing, I can work to bring different industries to the state..."

Jordan Menczer

Frankel Jewish Academy

University of Michigan

Movement Science

"One of my goals to pursue in the medical field is to educate our youth on how healthy food choices and physical fitness will lead to a healthier and more productive life."

Anna Miller

Stevenson High School

Albion College

Biology and Music

"My utmost goal of working in genetic research is to be on a team that makes a difference in the world..."

Ki Lee O'Brien

Divine Child High School

Wayne State University


"I hope to work in topics that positively influence the community and touch the lives of Michigan residents, allowing for opportunities for those who will affect positive change in Michigan's future."

Aubrey Perry

Farmington High School

Michigan State University


"As a returning graduate from MSU, the most important thing I could do is to lead by example."

Alyson Rich

International Academy

University of Michigan

Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

"In the Michigan in which I grew up, and in the Michigan in which I have decided to live my life, it is clear that we must protect each other."

Sean Roarty

University of Detroit Jesuit

University of Michigan


"...I always encourage others to come with me to service projects, helping them to come out of their shells and see Detroit in a different light."

Melanie Ryles

Cabrini High School

Davenport University


"Ever since I was young, I have had a passion for helping people. When I saw someone struggling, I would offer help. It was too hard to stand by and watch a person struggle."

Da'Carla Strong

Harper Woods High School

Michigan State University


"There are so many abandoned houses and buildings throughout the city of Detroit. It would be my job to help reconstruct and redesign them into something better for everyone."

Rose Turner

Berkley High School

Michigan Technological University

Environmental Engineering

"Specifically, I will be able to enrich entire communities by designing storm and water drainage systems so run-off storm water will not contaminate fresh water sources, such as the Detroit River and the Great Lakes."