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Grand Rapids, MI. (May 4, 2023) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of this year’s Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest.

Established in 1990, the annual Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest provides 20 local high school seniors each with a $2,000 college scholarship. This scholarship program honors the legacy of LMCU founder, Lloyd F. Hutt, and his lifelong commitment to education and community involvement.

This year’s essay topic was:

“What act of kindness have you experienced or witnessed that has positively influenced you most? How will you carry it into your future?

Applicants were required to write an original 750-1,500-word essay exploring the topic. Essays were evaluated blindly by a panel of independent judges, with the greatest emphasis placed on passion for the topic, creativity, clarity, and originality.

Since 1990, the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship has provided over $520,000 in scholarship dollars to 312 local high school seniors. This year, over one thousand students entered their essays.

The 20 recipients include:

Leilani Bernal, Venice Senior High School

Denise Brooks, Coral Glades High School

Elaina Derksen, Rockford High School

Ana Dunfee, Loy Norrix High School

Annette Fare, Greenville High School

Sam Holmes, Swartz Creek High School

Josie Lawrence, Rockford High School

Alex Lloyd, Grandville High School

Anika Luchtenburg, International School Phnom Penh (ISPP)

Avery Morren, Hudsonville High School

Jamie Owens, Lake Shore High School

Charles Parrish, Elk Rapids High School

Addy Scholtens, Forest Hills Central High School

Olivia Schommer, Armada High School

Jillian Skurski, Portage Central High School

Ella Theaker, Caledonia High School

Seth Vanderwest, Kent City High School

Izzy Walters, Forest Hills Central High School

Lily Belle, West Swartz Creek High School

Breanna Zaborowski, Hartland High School

LMCU Vice President of Community Relations, Matt Cook, congratulated this year’s winners. “The high quality of this year’s essays made it a challenge for our judging panel to decide on the winners,” Cook said. “The winning essays showcase how thoughtful and passionate our young people are, and it’s our privilege to play a small role in helping them shape their futures.”

Lake Michigan Credit Union, established in 1933, is the largest credit union in Michigan and 13th largest in the country. Employing a staff of over 1,600 and serving over 560,000 members, LMCU’s assets exceed $12 billion, with a mortgage servicing portfolio of over $14.3 billion. LMCU has 68 convenient branch locations overall, including 20 across Central and Southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments, and commercial banking.

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