Community First Bank Vice President Rae Cummins (SECOND FROM LEFT) and Personal Banker Bria Ashby (FAR RIGHT) stand for a photo outside the Mt. Vernon branch on 42nd Street with Rend Lake College scholarship recipients Cassie Rowe (Mt. Vernon) and Aaron Dunn (Mt. Vernon). Joining them is Shawna Hall with the RLC Foundation. CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. – Community First Bank doubled its effort this year to provide scholarships for students in the community to attend Rend Lake College.
The bank is one of RLC’s latest scholarship supporters. Community First Bank established a $500 award for a student last year and this year chose two recipients for a total of $1,000.
The recipients this year are Cassandra Rowe, a 20-year-old art major from Mt. Vernon, and Aaron Dunn, an 18-year-old from Mt. Vernon. Both are exceptional in the classroom.
Jo David Cummins, president and CEO of Community First Bank, said the organization takes great pride in helping local students grow into the future craftsmen, educators and business leaders of this area.
“If you can help educate your young adults they will become productive adults and help perpetuate the cycle of your community,” he said. “It’s something our bank believes in and something our board is committed to. We will continue to increase scholarship support year after year.”
The Community First Bank Scholarship to RLC seeks to help a student from Jefferson County with a 3.5 GPA who is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Future Business Leaders of America or Youth and Government.
“It’s refreshing to see businesses in Mt. Vernon like Community First Bank step forward and support local students earning their education,” said Shawna Hall, a resident of Mt. Vernon and administrator with the Foundation. “Community First Bank is an excellent example of how businesses can help develop the future leaders of their community. A scholarship can mean an education for students who can’t afford it on their own. After establishing a scholarship, Community First Bank wanted to help even more students and increased their giving.”