Beginning Monday, March 15, 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 high schools eligible for seniors to participate include Cave Spring, Franklin County, Hidden Valley, James River, Lord Botetourt, Northside, Parry McCluer, Patrick Henry, Rockbridge County, Salem, William Byrd and William Fleming.
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, financial services and the vital role Bank of Botetourt and banks across Virginia play in their communities.
The third Tuesday in March was declared Bank Day by the Virginia General Assembly in 1991 and Bank of Botetourt is proud to host students for this important program. From their experience, participating students will write an essay for the chance to win a scholarship.
Six regional scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded by the VBA, and from those six winners a statewide runner-up and overall statewide winner will be chosen. The statewide runner-up will receive an additional $3,000 scholarship – $3,500 in total – and the overall statewide winner will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship – $7,500 in total. There will also be six honorable mention scholarships of $1,000 each. In all, 12 students statewide will receive scholarships totaling $29,000.
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 students as a thank you to each senior 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.
“We feel that the financial education of our youth is one more way the bank serves our communities. VBA Bank Day offers high school seniors the unique opportunity to experience community banking at its finest. They learn about banking, financial services and the vital role community banks play in their communities. We are proud to partner with the VBA to offer this scholarship opportunity,” said Lyn Hayth, President & CEO of Bank of Botetourt.”
To learn more or to sign up to participate in the VBA Bank Day program with Bank of Botetourt, contact Jon Foreman at BankDay@BankofBotetourt.com or 540-591-5053. Student registration closes on Friday, March 5.
- Submitted by Mary Ann Miller, Business Banking and Community Relations