LAFCU Offers Scholarships to Help Women Enter Workforce
LANSING, Mich. — To offset the increasing cost of education in a challenging economy and to help women compete in a tight labor market, LAFCU, a mid Michigan credit union, has announced the $3,000 WHEEL scholarship program for women who want to enter or re-enter the workforce.
It’s challenging for adults to return to school,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth-Etchison, vice president of community and business development of LAFCU. “They typically do not have financial support from their parents, and they have many demands on their time, including full- or part-time jobs and families. It’s especially difficult for women, who traditionally earn less than men or have been out of the workforce to have children or for other family reasons." The Women Helping Educate Every Lady (WHEEL) program awards three scholarships of $1,000 each to women who will attend Lansing Community College fall semester 2013. The application deadline is June 1.
"The ideal candidate may need a few classes to complete a degree or want to become licensed or certified in a new occupation,” Ellsworth-Etchison said.
About two-thirds of Michiganders 25 years and older do not have an associate degree or higher, but many of them have college or community college credits. Recent Michigan studies show that about 50 percent of community college students don’t earn a degree, complete a certificate or transfer to another educational institution and 40 percent of public university students don’t graduate within six years.
“Education is important for professional and personal success of the individual, but also for the success of mid Michigan,” she said. “That’s important to us.”
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 motivation for returning to school. Entries will be judged on content and accuracy.
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.
LAFCU also offers the Write to Educate LCC scholarship program that awards $2,500 to a high school senior who then selects an area charity to receive a $500 donation. The deadline for the Write to Educate scholarship is March 29.
Information about how to apply for both scholarships is at LAFCU.com.