American 1 Credit Union, Jackson, Mich., awarded 15 high school graduates from southern Michigan with $1,000 scholarships for their commitment to altruism and community service. The 2012 American 1 community involvement award winners were Sarah Davenport of Charlotte, Nathaniel Garrett of Battle Creek, Jennifer Snedecker of Jackson, Caleb Woods of Battle Creek, Riché Ridley of Battle Creek, Andrew Lavery of Jackson, Terren Davis of Jackson, Lindsey Chinavare of Horton, Rachel Lombardi of Battle Creek, Adam York of Jackson, Daniel Bertoni of Dexter, Donovan Dennis of Southfield, Lauren McDougal of Southfield, Simon Cone of Chelsea and Robert Everard of Chelsea. All of the students were involved in both extra-curricular activities and in their communities while in high school. Each wrote a 1,500-word essay on the benefits of altruism and how they improved their community through service. American 1 has rewarded high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships since 2000. Scholarships are funded through American 1’s skip-a-pay program, which allows members to skip one month’s loan payment for a donation of $25.

The Credit Union Association of New York, Albany, N.Y., announced that 20 college-bound students will be receiving scholarships through the league’s 2012 annual scholarship program. This year the association will be awarding a total of $13,000, six $1,000 scholarships and 14 $500 awards. Scholarship applicants competed against other credit union members across the state. Judging was based on their academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, and an essay question. High school seniors who belong to a credit union and were planning to attend college for the first time were eligible for the scholarships. One hundred and two credit unions and association chapters participated in this year’s scholarship program, submitting a total of 1,886 applications.

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