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(June 5, 2023 9:09 AM) American 1 Credit Union recently awarded several need-based scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors from multiple southern Michigan counties, including Jackson, Washtenaw, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Calhoun, and Wayne.

The awards are part of American 1’s annual Community Involvement Scholarship Program. The scholarship application focuses on why the student needs the scholarship and how receiving an education would support them in changing their life while also positively impacting their community. American 1 funds the scholarships through their Skip-a-Pay program, where credit union members can choose to skip one month’s loan payment for a $25 fee, and a portion of this fee funds the scholarship program.

“We could not be more thrilled to see the overwhelming number of submissions for

scholarships from all the communities we support!” said Erica Estelle, Community Partnership Manager for American 1. “We cannot wait to see these 16 seniors use their scholarships to further their education and make a difference in their local communities. Many of the applications we received focused on the betterment of others and the environment around them. Wherever this journey may take these students, we are excited to see them make a difference.”

The 2023 American 1 Scholarship winners are:

Brynn B., Hillsdale High School – Hillsdale County

Julia H., Jackson High School – Jackson County

Mercedes M., Jackson Preparatory & Early College – Jackson County

Kayla J., Jackson High School – Jackson County

Abigail L., Springport High School – Jackson County

Shatonia D., Jackson High School – Jackson County

Zebedee S., – Chelsea High School – Washtenaw County

Ella B., Western High School – Jackson County

McCormack N., Saline High School – Washtenaw County

Audrey R., Manchester High School – Washtenaw County

Cassandra D., Michigan Center High School – Jackson County

Michael M., Jackson High School – Jackson County

Hallee C., Hanover Horton High School – Jackson County

Karson S., Northwest High School – Jackson County

Lewis M., Ann Arbor Skyline High School – Washtenaw County

Joseph H. – Napoleon High School – Jackson County

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