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Write to Educate Scholarship Application

LAFCU is seeking seniors attending high school in Michigan to participate in our annual Write to Educate essay contest. Students attending an accredited college or university in the state of Michigan in the Fall of 2021 should apply.

The Lansing State Journal is a community sponsor of the 2021 Write to Educate Essay Contest. This year’s winner(s) essays will be published in the Lansing State Journal.

Submission Rules/Guidelines

Task
Write a one-page 500 word essay (essays not meeting 500 word count or exceeding one-page will be excluded from scoring)
•    Typed in Times New Roman
•    12 point font
•    Single spaced
•    One-inch margins
•    Do not include your name or school name in your essay

Topic
Examine the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our society (human interactions, schooling, the economy, tourism, etc.)

Grading
Students will be graded using a 1-5 pt. scale, using the following criteria:
1. Specifically followed the requirements and directions of the essay contest
2. Content
3. Correct spelling/grammar

Submission Date
February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021
Please upload entries to the online form below. (If you are under 18, we will need page 3 of the application completed and mailed to the address below)
or
• Mail entries to: LAFCU P.O. Box 26188, Lansing, MI 48909 Attn: Marketing
* If mailing, please complete and mail the application with your essay.

Winner
The winner will be selected on Friday, April 16, 2021.  A copy of a current high school student identification card or transcript will validate the winner's eligibility.

Community Donation
As part of our mission of people helping people, LAFCU will donate $500 to an organization in our community on your behalf, if you are selected as our 2020 ‘Write to Educate’ scholarship winner. Please select from the following worthy organizations and briefly explain why you chose them:

CASA for Kids
CASA for Kids provides highly trained volunteers, called Court Appointed Special Advocates, to advocate within the court system and the community for the best interest of children who are under court jurisdiction due to abuse and neglect in Barry, Eaton, and Ingham counties.

Weekend Survival Kits
Weekend Survival Kits mobilizes communities to provide food on the weekends to elementary school children throughout mid-Michigan who may otherwise go hungry ultimately helping remove barriers to academic success

Girls on the Run Mid-Michigan
Girls on the Run Mid-Michigan is an after-school program designed to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based program that creatively integrates running

Awarding of the Scholarship
1. The winner must be attending college in the state of Michigan and have a valid Student ID number as the funds will be submitted to the respective college in the winner’s name.
2. Any unused portion of the scholarship after two years from the date of issue may be returned to the grantor.

*Employees of LAFCU and their immediate family members are excluded.

Write to Educate Essay Applicant Information
* Required Fields

Are you a member of LAFCU?
Not required to apply.
Charitable Organization History

The Arc of Mid-Michigan
The Mission of The Arc Mid-Michigan is to empower people with developmental disabilities in Shiawassee, Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties to participate and to be fully included in the community. 

Child and Family Charities 
The mission of Child and Family Charities is to strengthen and support charities, families, and individuals as they evolve and grow in a changing community. Their vision is to be a leader in human services, recognized for excellence in practice, collaboration, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations.

CASA for Kids
CASA for Kids provides highly trained volunteers, called Court Appointed Special Advocates, to advocate within the court system and the community for the best interest of children who are under court jurisdiction due to abuse and neglect in Barry, Eaton, and Ingham counties. 

Essay Submission
By signing this application, you are stating that you are the author of the essay submitted and the material is not plagiarized in any manner. You are also giving LAFCU permission to use your name and/or photograph in marketing, media, and promotional materials. Signature may be verified upon winning. If the student is under 18 years of age, the parent/guardian will need to sign giving LAFCU permission to use the students name and/or photograph in marketing, media and promotional materials. *Restrictions apply.
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