Citizens Bank recently announced the recipients of three $1,000 scholarships to support their higher education endeavors. Locally, Philomath High School senior Clark Hellesto was a recipient.
Students who participated in a bank-hosted visit from Community Bank Week in Oregon, held Oct. 13-17 through the end of November, were eligible to apply.
Following their bank visit, students were required to recount their experience and compose an essay describing the most interesting aspect of the branch they visited or something they learned about careers in the banking industry.
Hellesto visited the Philomath branch. Other winners were Adam Bischoff of Silverton High and Nicole Cavill of Central Linn High.
Across the state, 25 scholarship applications were received from students who participated in visits at nine of the 15 Citizens Bank locations.
“Originally, Citizens Bank was offering two $1,000 scholarships but the selection committee was so impressed with the quality of the applications, a third winner was announced,” said Gordon Zimmerman, Citizens Bank president and chief executive officer.
Organizers said purpose of the experience was to allow students to see firsthand how an Oregon-headquartered community bank positively influences and supports local communities, much like Hellesto stated in his essay, “Smaller banks are a gift to Oregon and their success shows that there are people who still care for the older values of interpersonal relations and communication.”