Credit union supports community with scholarships, volunteerism

American 1

American 1

By Joyce Ervin

American 1 Credit Union is again extending goodwill to the community through two programs.  They are pleased to offer several scholarships valued at $1,000 each to Milan High School seniors through their annual Community Involvement Scholarship Program.
Each applicant must submit an essay, in 1,500 words or less, on the benefits of altruism and how the student has impacted his or her community through their involvement.
Scholarships funds were raised through American 1’s Skip-a-Pay program where employees can choose to skip one month’s loan payment for $25 that helps fund the scholarship program.
Applications are available online at by selecting “Giving Back” under the “About Us” tab.  The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.  Email applications to:  scholarship [at] a1cu [dot] org (doc, .docx, or .pdf files only). Mail applications to Community Scholarship Program American 1 Credit Union, 718 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201.
To further show support for the community, American 1 CU is instituting a Volunteer Local program.  To encourage everyone to participate in their communities and, to help our employees do even more, we are giving them paid time-off to volunteer.
Cheryl Schantz, Vice President of Human Resources at American 1 CU, said “It’s a great way for our employees to be engaged in our culture of community giving.”
They will pay more than 350 hours each month for all employees to volunteer in their community giving employees flexibility in their work schedule to be able to volunteer.
American 1 CU currently has 180 employees working across 13 branch locations. The Milan branch is located 108 W. Main Street.  For services, call 439-0630.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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