High school senior essays

Application phase is now closed. Voting opens Thursday, February 13 at Noon.

We're processing applications as quickly as possible. If you do not see your entry on the website by the end of day on Tuesday, February 11, please contact Scholarships@MichiganFirst.com


To enter a high school senior essay you must:

  • Be a member of Michigan First. If you're not a member, find out how to join.
  • Be currently attending a high school as a senior in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County, Michigan.
  • Or be attending high school as a senior anywhere in the United States provided you were a member of Michigan First Credit Union prior to January 15, 2014.
  • Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.8.
  • Be intending to study full-time (minimum of twelve (12) credit hours) in a college or university for the fall 2014 semester.
  • Fully complete the online application form and attach the required supporting documents.
  • Include an ESSAY (we suggest it be 300 words or less), answering the question: “What event or person (other than parents) has made the most significant impact in your life? How has that changed you and how will you use this going forward in life?"

Please read the official rules for complete details on requirements and eligibility.   


Make sure to read the requirements above and the rules; the answer you are looking for may already be there. If not, please send us an email at Scholarships@MichiganFirst.com  We’ll get back to you within 24 hours. If you send your question on the weekend, it may be Monday before we get back to you. 

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Before you begin the form be sure to have your essay and supporting documents ready. You must include your essay and attach: a copy of your latest report card including cumulative GPA; one letter of recommendation from a current teacher, counselor, or high school administrator; and, a recent photo to complete your application.

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Key dates

  • Entry deadline:  
    Monday, February 10 at Noon
  • Public voting: 
    February 13 to 19 at Noon
  • Judging: 
    February 19 to March 3 at Noon
  • Winners announced:
    Week of March 3