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2019 Scholarship Application Now Available!

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 our scholarship program, the Community Choice Foundation empowers local students to achieve their college dreams while remaining in Michigan after graduation. When a student receives financial support they are pledging to use their education to Give Big™ in Michigan by living and working here after they graduate.

We are accepting applications for our 2019 scholarship program until February 28, 2019. Twenty students will recieve a $5,000 scholarship for their freshman year of college.

Eligible candidates for the Community Choice Foundation scholarship are 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


Applicants should prepare an 800 word essay on the following topic.

What career do you intend to pursue and why? How will your course work and intended degree allow you to improve Michigan, our communities, or a Michigan industry?

We recommend you prepare your essay in advance of completing your application where you will simply copy and paste it into the space provided.

 2019 Community Choice Scholarship Application

Your First name is required
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Select an option for "How did you hear about the Community Choice Foundation Scholarship?"

I. Scholarship Eligibility Checklist

All applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a scholarship. False statements will be grounds for withdrawal of a scholarship offer. Please verify the following:

II. Applicant Information

Home Street Address is required.
Home City is required.
Select an option for Home State
Home Zip Code is required.
Cell phone number is required.
Are you a member of Community Choice Credit Union?
Length of time as a member prior to application

Call 877.243.2528 or click to become a member.
(Membership is not required to apply, but is considered in the scoring of applications.)

Do you qualify for free or reduced lunch?

III. High School Information

Name of High School is required.
High School City is required.
High School State is required.
High School Counselor name is required.
High School Phone is required.


If selected to receive a Community Choice Foundation scholarship, you will be required to provide a transcript verifying your GPA.

What is your GPA?
Does your school use a non 4.0 grading system?

IV. College Information

Name of College is required.
College City is required.
College State is required.
Intended Major is required.
Desired Profession is required.

V. Extra-Curricular Activities

Community Choice Credit Union prides itself of Giving Big to the communities we serve. Community Choice scholars also exhibit a desire to give back and be involved in their schools and local communities.

Enter sports, clubs, or activities you participated in that are affiliated with your school.

List up to three sports and/or extracurricular school activities (band, student government, etc.) which you are currently participating and have participated a minimum of 15 hours in the current school year.

Employment Information

How many hours per week do/did you work?
Please list the name, email, and phone number of a supervisor who can verify your work history.

VI. Community Service

Community Service/Volunteer activities are defined as: Non-religious activity done outside of school as an unpaid volunteer to support the mission of a charitable, civic, or community organization.

Select an option for "Total 2018/2019 Academic Year Charitable/Volunteer Participation"

Enter all information on charitable organizations you have volunteered with not affiliated with your school.

Charitable Organization #1
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Charitable Organization #4
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Please provide the name, email, and phone number of someone who can verify your volunteer activities.

VII. Essay Entry

Please respond to the essay questions below. Your 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. Essays of less than 800 words will receive no points.

Please ensure that all information submitted is truthful and accurate. If you have not completed the application as directed, it will be ineligible for review. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be required to:

  • Join Community Choice Credit Union
  • Verify your grade point average and other statements
  • Provide proof of college acceptance
  • Recipient must complete the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Make a good faith effort to attend annual the Scholars Service day. This is a volunteer activity for all past and present Community Choice Scholars who are invited to perform a day of service.

By submitting this application, you agree to the following terms: I understand this application becomes the property of Community Choice Foundation. I authorize Community Choice to use my name, essay contents, and photographs/video taken at scholarship events in advertising and professional public releases as they see fit. Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Community Choice Foundation Scholarship Committee and Board. All decisions made by the committee are final. Employees, board members, and relatives of employees and board members are not eligible to apply. Relatives are defined as "relatives by blood, marriage, or adoption, or any individual living in the same household as the employee, board member, or affiliate."

If chosen as a recipient, you will be required to repay the scholarship if you don't meet the following terms:

  • Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. during academic year in which scholarship is applied.
  • Recipient must complete the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Recipient may not transfer to an out-of-state school the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.
  • Recipient must provide transcript of grades following the term(s) in which the scholarship funds are applied to student tuition bill.
  • Recipient will sign a document agreeing to these terms and conditions prior to receiving funds. If the recipient is under 18, a parent or guardian will also be required to sign.
Become a part of a tradition of excellence. Community Choice scholars are among the best, brightest and most giving students in Michigan!

Why support the Community Choice Foundation?

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 $800,000 in scholarships to 160 students since 2009. This program is funded by the 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, like The Miracle League of Michigan, Scholars are provided opportunities to Give Big to our local communities. 

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