ChoiceOne Bank has awarded scholarships to 14 seniors in 12 different community high schools. Seniors were asked to answer an essay question, “What does community mean to you?”
“As the local community bank, we are committed to the families in our communities,” said President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank Kelly Potes. “Our seniors are our next generation of customers and we believe it’s important for them to realize the benefits of being raised and educated in a caring and supportive local community. As parents, we want our kids to see the value of returning to their communities to raise their families.”
ChoiceOne Bank kicked off their Annual Senior Scholarship Contest in April to local high schools in each of the Bank’s 14 locations. See https://www.choiceone.com/contact-and-locations/ for a complete list of ChoiceOne’s locations. The 12 schools that participated are Fremont, Cedar Springs, Algoma Christian in Kent City, Comstock Park, Sparta, Rockford, Oakridge in Egleston, Ravenna, Coopersville, Newaygo, Grant and City High School in Grand Rapids. Seniors from each school district submitted a 500-word or less essay on what community means to them. The $500 scholarship is awarded for use to a four-year accredited college or university in Michigan.
Here are several quotes that capture the essence of the community essay:
Kent City: Algoma Christian School – “Community doesn’t exist without reinvestment. A community will never thrive if the people in it only take and never give.”
Alpine: Comstock Park High School – “Comstock Park is built on the backs of the coaches putting in countless hours to improve our athletes’ skills, on the shoulders of the teachers and staff that support the young minds that proceed through the school system, on the households of the parents raising generations of influential kids and young adults.”
Coopersville: Coopersville High School– “Driving into Coopersville and looking around brings me a strange delight. It gives me a feeling of comfort. A feeling that I know I can always come back here and be safe. A feeling of home.”
“We truly value the youth in our communities,” said Potes. “It is our hope that our students return to their roots to raise their families and grow their businesses. This scholarship contest helps our youth to think about the importance of community especially as they graduate from high school. It is definitely a local thing.”