Arbor Financial awards $24,000 annually to Michigan high school students.

Change The World GraphicThe Arbor Financial Community Scholarship Program recently awarded twelve $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors in any of our southwest Michigan communities.  Since the creation of the scholarship program in 1999, Arbor Financial has awarded more than $400,000 to area students through the program.  We believe strongly in the value of higher education and proudly enhance opportunities and advancement through this program.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners of the Arbor Financial Community Scholarship! 

"If you could change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make and why?" was this year's essay topic. After receiving several hundred essays our scholarship committee anonymously judged them and we're excited to share with you the twelve student essays that were selected as this year's winners! 

Allison Wolf

High School: Hackett Catholic Prep

College: Aquinas College

Major: Data Analytics & History

Essay Title: Making a Difference


Allyssa Boes

High School: Kalamazoo Christian High School

College: University of Michigan

Major: Sociology (law), Justice and Social Change

Essay Title: Destroying the Stigma

Brenna Larkey

High School: Otsego High School

College: University of Michigan

Major: Nursing

Essay Title: No Child Left Behind


Claire Dirette

High School: Portage Northern High School

College: Michigan State University

Major: Biology

Essay Title: Fair and Equitable Opportunities


Colin Assenmacher

High School: Mattawan High School

College: Grand Valley State University

Major: Biology

Essay Title: Standing against Teen Violence



Dakota Garman

High School: Mattawan High School

College: Grand Valley State University

Major: Computer Engineering/Business

Essay Title: Cultivating Hope



Emily Rehr

High School: Plainwell High School

College: Iowa State University

Major: Biosystems Engineering

Essay Title: Driving Away Hunger


Hannah Miller

High School: Constantine High School

College: Highlands College

Major: Worship & Pastoral Ministry

Essay Title: Changing My Community


Morgan Hartline

High School: Marcellus High School

College: Grand Valley State University 

Major: Secondary Education

Essay Title: Support Your School---Strengthen Your Community


Riley Piper

High School: Schoolcraft High School

College: Western Michigan University

Major: Civil Engineering

Essay Title: WE Are The Cure


Sarah Grover

High School: Home School

College: Cedarville University 

Major: Visual Communication Design/Graphic Design

Essay Title: Financial Education in Low-Income Communities


Sarah Wheaton

High School: Paw Paw High School

College: Western Michigan University

Major: Pre-Optometry

Essay Title: Back in My Day...


Official family members, employees of Arbor Financial Credit Union and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in the scholarship program.