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LAFCU offers LCC scholarships to help area women get into workforce

LAFCU offers LCC scholarships to help area women get into workforce
Nikki Nicolaou

Three women will be awarded $1,000 each from LAFCU this fall to pursue the education needed to enter or re-enter the workforce, thanks to the mid-Michigan credit union’s WHEEL scholarship program.

The Women Helping Educate Every Lady (WHEEL) program awards three scholarships of $1,000 each to a woman who will attend Lansing Community College. The deadline for applications is this Friday, July 11.

“This is a scholarship uniquely designed for women who need additional education to compete in a tight labor market whether they’ve been downsized or have not recently been working for other reasons,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth-Etchison, vice president of community and business development of LAFCU.

“Because women are usually the parent who has taken time away from the workforce to have children or for other family reasons, it can be especially difficult for them to re-enter the workforce or to obtain additional education or certifications to advance in their present jobs.”

Winners will be determined by a one-page essay about the applicant’s new career choice, why she wants to pursue it now, and her inspiration for returning to school. Entries will be judged on content and accuracy.

Ellsworth-Etchison said that the ideal candidate is the person who needs a few classes to complete a degree or to become licensed or certified.

“We believe that the success of every individual contributes to a healthy economy, and that’s what we work for at LAFCU,” she said.

Eligible applicants will live or work in LAFCU’s service area, which includes the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee.

Information about how to apply for a WHEEL scholarship is at LAFCU.com or contact LAFCU at 517-622-6600 or 1-800-748-0228.

Chartered in 1936, LAFCU serves the counties of Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Livingston, Montcalm and Shiawassee.

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