2012 Annual Scholarship Programwinners Announced

2012 Annual Scholarship Programwinners Announced

Scholarship Programs


The CBAI Foundation for Community Banking has selected its 2012 Annual Scholarship Program winners.Now in its 26th year, the program awards up to $16,000 to high school seniors via an essaywriting contest; $500 is also awarded to the firstplace winner's high school. This year, 82 CBAI member banks representing 171 students, participated in the contest.

The first-place scholarship of $1,000 each year for up to four years of higher education was awarded to Kayleigh Berger, sponsored by Citizens National Bank of Albion. Her high school, Edwards County High School, Albion, received a $500 award. Judges, who had the ability to award an additional $1,000 to one student per CBAI group (there are 13 groups, encompassing every part of the state), bestowed the following $1,000 gifts: Keith Giagnorio (sponsored by The Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights); Rachel Wood (sponsored by CenTrust Bank, Northbrook); Matthew Webber (sponsored by State Bank of Herscher); Riley Jackson (sponsored by Peoples National Bank of Kewanee); Sara Layne (sponsored by Rushville State Bank); Bradley Zehr (sponsored by Goodfield State Bank); Courtney Considine (sponsored by The First National Bank, Mattoon); Marlana Jackson (sponsored by Prairie State Bank and Trust, Mt. Zion, Springfield branch); and James Gorman III (sponsored by Jersey State Bank, Jerseyville).

Additionally, nonmonetary Honorable Mentions went to BrigidGreska (sponsored by Park Federal Savings Bank, Chicago); Jack Moran (sponsored by The Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights); Gretchen Higgins (sponsored by Raritan State Bank); Cameron Heiser (sponsored by The Fisher National Bank); Emily Bolen (sponsored by The First National Bank, Mattoon); Lauren Turner (sponsored by Wemple State Bank, Waverly); Kristine Bodine (sponsored by Buena Vista National Bank, Chester); Nicole Ripperda (sponsored by Germantown Trust & Savings Bank, Breese); Donnie Francesion (sponsored by State Bank of Waterloo); and Janie Tepen (sponsored by Jersey State Bank, Jerseyville.

If you would like information on the 2013 scholarship program when it becomes available, please return the attached form.We hope to make the 2013 Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship our most successful to date!


Contact: Andrea Cusick, Administrator,

CBAI Foundationfor Community Banking()

Bobbi Watson, Administrative Assistant ()

Scholarship Programs


! CBAI Foundation for Community Banking total scholarship fund is $16,500!

! $1,000 is available for one student in each of the 13 CBAI Groups!

! The overall winner receives $1,000 a year for up to four years of higher education.

! Additionally, the high school of the overall winner receives a $500 onetime award.

! It costs nothing for your bank to be involved and there are Ano strings@ attached!



Don't miss this rewarding public relations opportunity! High school seniors are always looking for ways to make college more affordable.Plan now to participate in the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program and make 2013 our biggest year yet! Return this form today to receive your information kit on the 2013 Annual CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Scholarship Program when it becomes available.

There is no cost to participate.Your bank's chance of sponsoring a winner has never been better.Contact your local high school about participating.(You are not required to work through the schools.Your bank can promote the scholarship atlarge, take the applications and essays directly, judge the essays, and send the winning essay(s) to the Foundation.)

We welcome your suggestions! The 2013 topic is yet to be announced. If you=ve got a great idea for a topic, please let us know. We=d love to hear from you! E-mail your suggestions to or fax to 217/585-8738.

Yes, I'd like more information about the 2013 CBAI Foundation for Community Banking Annual Scholarship Program for high school seniors in my area.Please send materials when they become available. Topic is TBA.




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