LAFCU, Lansing, Mich.
LAFCU, Lansing, Mich., said that Mason High School senior Nick Sjolund has won the LAFCU "Write to Educate" scholarship and has selected the Greater Lansing Food Bank to receive a donation from LAFCU. The scholarship contest awards a $2,500 Lansing Community College scholarship to an applicant based on a one-page essay and makes a $500 donation to a charity selected by the winner. The essay topic was social media: How the applicant uses it, its influence on purchasing decisions, and its future. Sjolund identified positive aspects of social media that he believes many overlook when discussing its effects on users. Included are ease of use when communicating with peers and distant family members, and the powerful, emotional effects of a single tweet, Facebook post or Instagram photo. He recounted how friends, family and even celebrities provided inspiration through social media to a friend battling cancer. When the friend passed away, Sjolund said that social media allowed friends to support each other. Sjolund plans to attend LCC this fall. He's considering studying business but has not selected a specific program yet. Immediately after accepting the $2,500 scholarship award, Sjolund helped present LAFCU's $500 donation to Joe Wald, executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.