Pictured, from left, are Leah Cuddeback of Collinsville High School, The Bank of Edwardsville President and CEO Tom Holloway, Brandon Ansbro of Edwardsville High School and Joshua Case of Highland High School. Not pictured: Abigail Sanders of Marquette Catholic High School.
EDWARDSVILLE – Four high school seniors recently were selected to receive college scholarships through The Bank of Edwardsville’s Community Scholarship Program. Each will receive $2,000 per year for four years of education.
Brandon Ansbro of Edwardsville High School, Abigail Sanders of Marquette Catholic High School, Joshua Case of Highland High School and Leah Cuddeback of Collinsville High School were chosen as the 2014 scholarship recipients. The recipients were selected from a large group of applicants based on their positive leadership and character in both academic achievements and community activities.
“The Bank of Edwardsville established this scholarship program 14 years ago to keep with our tradition of community service and our commitment to the education of future civic and business leaders,” said Tom Holloway, the bank’s president and CEO. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of the students who were selected from this year’s impressive pool of applicants, and we look forward to watching them progress through college and enter the workforce. A big congratulations to the students for all of their achievements thus far.”
The bank introduced its Community Scholarship Program in August 2000, pledging $1.3 million toward scholarships to be awarded over 30 years to graduating seniors. The Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation, which is governed by a board of local residents, administers the program with a selection committee that interviews the finalists.
As in years past, the selection committee evaluated the applicants on academic achievements, leadership and character exhibited both at school and in extracurricular activities. Selection criteria also included leadership in community activities as well as the students’ positive impact on others.
This year’s scholarship recipients were:
· Brandon Ansbro, Edwardsville High School: Brandon will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where he plans to enter the pre-med program and study neuroscience and economics. He is the son of James and Sanghee Ansbro;
· Abigail Sanders, Marquette Catholic High School: Abigail will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she plans to enter the pre-med program and study cancer biology. She is the daughter of Al and Nancy Sanders;
· Joshua Case, Highland High School: Joshua will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he plans to study electrical engineering. He is the son of Dena Case and Scott Hessenauer; and
· Leah Cuddeback, Collinsville High School: Leah will attend Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she plans to study Wildlife Biology. She is the daughter of Diana and Sam Cuddeback.
The scholarship program was created as part of the American Bankers Association’s “Banks of Promise” effort, which is the banking industry’s pledge toward Colin Powell’s “America’s Promise – Alliance for Youth.” The bank has committed to America’s Promise by partnering with nonprofit organizations, athletes, mayors, governors, teachers, college professors and others to benefit youth through sponsorships and donations.