Business Wire 18-Jul-2017 9:00 AM
Over $125,000 in educational assistance awarded through this years contest
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regions Bank has announced the 2017 winners of the annual Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. The contest, held for the last six years, celebrates Black History Month by allowing high school seniors and college students who reside or attend college within its geographic footprint to submit an essay about how an African-American has been an inspiration in the applicants life.
This years 30 contest winners, selected from more than 7,000 entries, will divide more than $125,000 in scholarship funds winning high school seniors each receive $5,000 and winning college students each receive $3,500. One scholarship in each category is awarded in each of the 15 states served by Regions branches.
Winners of the 2017 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest are as follows (winner and essays can also be found at www.regions.com/ridingforward):
High School Winners
When you read the student essays, you can easily understand the pride we feel in being able to offer them support for their education, said Michele Elrod, head of Regions Corporate Marketing. Over the last six years, weve received thousands of essays about individuals ranging from household names, to more personal, unsung heroes, and we are reminded of the diversity of what inspires and motives students to bring positive change to our communities.
For Regions, the Riding Forward Scholarships represent an important connection between honoring Black History Month and helping students continue their education, said Lajuana Bradford, head of Regions Corporate Social Responsibility. Its allowed us a meaningful way to invest in our communities and more specifically, the lives of over 180 students whove benefited from the scholarships since 2012.
Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2012, more than $764,000 has already been awarded to students to further their educations. In 2017, entries were accepted between Jan. 16 and Feb. 28.
For official rules, complete entry details and eligibility requirements for the 2017 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, visit the contest website atwww.regions.com/ridingforward.
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $125 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nations largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 1,900 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.
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Source: Regions Financial Corporation