Members Advantage offering three college scholarships

MICHIGAN CITY — Members Advantage Credit Union (MACU) is once again offering three college scholarships to qualifying high school seniors and to students in their first or second year in college.

MACU is heavily involved in the community, and its scholarships are a reflection of the organization’s focus on positively impacting Northwest Indiana. “At Members Advantage, we work to better the lives of our friends in the community,” commented Frank Beachnau, President of Members Advantage. “We see the tremendous value that education brings to not only the student but then to the whole community. That’s why we feel like these scholarships are a great way to give back.” 

Available scholarships include the following:

• Gail Walker

In 2010, MACU established the Gail Walker Memorial Scholarship in memory of the former board member’s years of service. It is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior, college freshman or sophomore in the amount of $1,000 to students with academic achievement.

• Leona Bruno

The Leona Bruno Scholarship was established in 1994 in memory of the first manager of MACU. Annually, it is awarded to a graduating high school senior with scholastic achievement in the amount of $1,000.

• Learn to Earn

In 2012, MACU established the Learn to Earn Scholarship that is awarded to two college students working a minimum of 20 hours per week in the amount of $500 each.

The deadline for scholarship application is Monday, February 12. Please call (219) 874-6943 or (toll free) (877) 874-6943 with any questions. For scholarship qualification criteria and to apply, please visit

Members Advantage Credit Union is a locally managed, nonprofit, full-service financial institution. Open to anyone who lives or works in La Porte, Porter or Lake County, Members Advantage has locations in Michigan City and Portage. For more information, call 1-877-874-6943 or visit


Youth Homelessness workshop rescheduled

The Understanding Youth Homelessness workshop scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST in Meeting Room 2 of the La Porte County Complex, 809 State Street in La Porte has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for Friday January 19 at the same time and in the same location.


Nominations open for REAL Services awards

La PORTE COUNTY — Nominations are now open for REAL Services’ Annual Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon Event. The event celebrates unsung heroes in the organization's six-county service area of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, La Porte, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties.

These heroes are spouses, sons, daughters, neighbors, friends, businesses and professionals who give of themselves to care for the elderly and low-income in our communities. Nominations are now being accepted for eight award categories which include: (1) Business of the Year, (2) the Wyatt Mick Volunteer of the Year, (3) Caregiver of the Year, (4) Professional of the Year, (5) the Les Fox Hoosier Lifetime Award, (6) Change Agent of the Year, (7) Agency/Program Serving Low-income Award, and (8) Sgt. Shriver Lifetime Achievement Award.

To nominate a caregiver, agency, professional, program or business, visit and click on the Age of Excellence logo and then the “Nominate someone here!” button. The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. on March 9. Each nominee will receive a complimentary reservation for the 2018 Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon Event and a discounted ticket price for one of their own invited guests. In addition, each nominee will be recognized with a certificate acknowledging their kind acts to those in need.

Join us for the 2018 Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon Event on April 20 at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Doors open at 11 a.m. with live music and the recognition luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends before 1 p.m. The cost of this event is $50 per person and parking in the Century Center lot is free. To make luncheon reservations, visit our website listed above and just click on the “Reserve your seat here!” button. The deadline for luncheon reservations is April 10.

REAL Services is so very excited and honored to have as our keynote speaker this year Partner of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs, owner of the South Bend Cubs and the Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging, Andrew Berlin.

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