Bank of Botetourt to virtually host high school seniors for VBA Bank Day scholarship program
Beginning Wednesday, March 15th, Bank of Botetourt will virtually host high school seniors from high schools throughout its bank footprint to participate in Bank Day, a statewide effort sponsored by the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) Education Foundation and the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders. The purpose of the program is to expose students to the banking industry and provide an opportunity for the students to learn about banking, careers in banking and financial services.
The third Tuesday in March was declared Bank Day by the Virginia General Assembly in 1991 and Bank of Botetourt hosts students for the program. Last year, the bank, in conjunction with the VBA, worked with 30 seniors from seven local high schools. From their experience, the students are required to write an essay, and twelve scholarships (six honorable mention, six regional, and one statewide) will be awarded based on the essays totaling $26,000.
“We are pleased to partner with the VBA to offer this scholarship opportunity. The financial education of our youth is one more way the Bank serves its communities, and I am proud to share that Bank of Botetourt has hosted ten recipients from this program to date” said G. Lyn Hayth, president & CEO of Bank of Botetourt.
Throughout the virtual program, students will have access to a Virginia Banking industry resource website that houses videos, articles, and podcasts to explore and research. As a virtual host, Bank of Botetourt will also be providing supplemental materials and packets to the seniors as a thank you to each for participating.
“Bank Day is one of the best short-term experiences for students—the opportunity to learn about the many services that banks offer and the ways Virginia banks support the communities they serve, and to start the networking that often leads to part-time and summer jobs, scholarships, and a start on a career path in the financial world,” said Bruce Whitehurst, president & CEO of the Virginia Bankers Association.
To learn more, and to sign up to participate in the VBA Bank Day program with Bank of Botetourt, please visit www.BankofBotetourt.com/VBA-Bank-Day or contact Jon Foreman at BankDay@BankofBotetourt.com. Student registration closes on Friday, March 3.
Bank of Botetourt Now Accepting Applications for its 7th Annual “Taking Care of You” Community Scholarship
Bank of Botetourt is pleased to offer its 7th Annual Taking Care of You Community Scholarship totaling $2,000. Three total scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $500 and two at $250. These scholarships are available to high school seniors and existing college students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who currently utilize Bank of Botetourt for their banking services.
To apply, applicants will need to write a two-page essay on the topic of “How has Bank of Botetourt been able to take care of your banking and financial needs?” The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31.
For additional information please contact the Bank Education Team Representative Jon Foreman at Scholarship@BankofBotetourt.com or 540-591-5053.
-The Salem Times-Register
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