Stephen Thomas First Responders Scholarship (MSGCU)

“People helping people” is the philosophy that Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union (MSGCU) embraces. As a community credit union, MSGCU believes strongly in supporting first responders in our communities.

The scholarship is named in honor of a Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union Board Member, Stephen Thomas. Mr. Thomas served on the MSGCU Board for 21 years and was an MSGCU member for more than three (3) decades. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, a retired Sergeant of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, and he retired as the Administrator of the Special Investigation Unit for Michigan Basic Property Insurance Association.

To be eligible for this award, applicants:

  • MUST be enrolled at the Police or Fire Academy at OCC
  • MUST be a pre-service student
  • MUST have minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • MUST submit a 250-word essay describing career goals, community service, and how advancing their education will help prepare them for their career choice
  • MUST be 18 years old on or before September 1st of the current academic year
  • MUST write thank-you letter to donor
  • MUST NOT be an OCC employee or family member receiving tuition reimbursement
  • MUST NOT be a College guest student, high school guest student or high school dual enrolled student

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