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Lake Michigan Credit Union Announces 2021-2022 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

Lake Michigan Credit Union Announces 2021-2022 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

Lake Michigan Credit Union Announces 2021-22 Hutt Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

Grand Rapids, MI. (May 5, 2022) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (“LMCU”) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of this year’s Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest.

Established in 1990, the annual Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest provides 20 local high school seniors each with a $2,000 college scholarship. This scholarship program honors the legacy of LMCU founder, Lloyd F. Hutt, and his lifelong commitment to education and community involvement.

This year’s essay topic was:

“Tell us about you today, and what we can expect to see in the you of tomorrow.”

Applicants were required to write an original 750-1,500-word essay exploring the topic. Essays were evaluated blindly by a panel of independent judges, with the greatest emphasis placed on passion for the topic, creativity, clarity, and originality.

Since 1990, the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship has provided over $500,000 in scholarship dollars to 292 local high school seniors. This year, a record 1,440 students entered their essays.

The 20 recipients include:

Julia Burgess, Salem High School

Katie Carothers, Brighton High School

Lauren Carpenter, Forest Hills Eastern High School

Ella DeGraw, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School

Brin DeVries, South Christian High School

Surya Gabrielle Dodia, Gulf Coast High School

Kendra Galloway, Otsego Hight School

Natalie Hilliker, Rockford High School

Justin Huyser, Caledonia High School

Austin Idziak, Forest Hills Northern High School

Elyse Johnson, Byron Center High School

Samantha Killmer, Portage Northern High School

Abigail Kloha, St. Johns High School

Aidan Elizabeth Locke, Jensen Beach High School

Sean Moore, Home Schooled

Colin Pearson, Caledonia High School

Ellery Joy Southland, Forest Hills Eastern High School

Brinley Struyk, Home Schooled

Yeabsira Vlasma, Spring Lake High School

Rebecca Wang, Pioneer High School


LMCU’s Vice President of Community Relations, Matt Cook, congratulated this year’s winners, saying, “We had more entries this year than ever before, so the judges really had their work cut out for them. The winning essays stood out to our judges for their passion and strong connection to the topic. On behalf of our judges and everyone at LMCU, we want to congratulate this year’s recipients and thank everyone who submitted an essay for their drive and commitment to furthering their education.”


Lake Michigan Credit Union was established in 1933 and is the largest credit union in Michigan. Employing a staff of over 1,550 and serving over 520,000 members, LMCU's assets exceed $11.8 billion, with a mortgage servicing portfolio of over $13.7 billion. LMCU has 66 convenient branch locations overall, including 19 in southwest Florida. LMCU members have access to over 55,000 Allpoint ATMs worldwide. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments, and commercial banking.

To find out more, visit LMCU.org.

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