The Citizens Bank wants to help future college students in Mississippi pay for their college education.
Parents of juniors and seniors, especially, should pay close attention.
The Win "A" Scholarship program started several years ago with good response. But organizers at The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia say interest has been declining.
"We hope that if we don't appeal to the students, we might appeal to some parents that might have some interest in this. It does not have to be a Citizens Bank customer," said Greg McKee, president and CEO of The Citizens Bank. "Anyone who goes to one of the accredited high schools in the area, those students are eligible to come in and register for this scholarship."
Now, the bank is trying to increase participation. Applying for the $1,000 scholarship is simple. At the end of each grading period, high school juniors and seniors may take their report cards to a Citizens Bank branch in the county where they attend school.
For each "A" the students earn, they can register for the scholarship. At the end of the school year, a drawing will take place to determine one winner from each of the 9 counties participating.
The more "A's" a student earns, the better the chances of winning the scholarship. The scholarship winner's high school will also receive $500.
"We as a bank will do no better than the communities where our banks are located. Conversely to that, if the community doesn't do well, we don't do well. We feel like it's an investment in the future of these communities to help further these individual kids' educations," McKee said.
The scholarship is available for high school juniors and seniors across central and eastern Mississippi. Locally it includes Lauderdale, Neshoba, Newton, Kemper, Scott, and Winston counties.