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2012 Citizens Scholarship Winners

For the past 12 years, Citizens Bank Minnesota has provided local students the opportunity to receive a renewable $1,000 scholarship – up to $4,000 – to use towards their higher education as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited four-year college or university.

To apply for this scholarship, students must be clients of Citizens, have an open and active checking account, and attend the Real Life 101 Seminar.  The seminar discusses the next phase of these students’ financial lives: personal finance, insurance needs, managing their credit and their budgets, as well as what careers fit their personality types.  Students between 13-18 years old can attend at any point of their high school years, but can only apply for the scholarship during their senior year.

Citizens is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship: Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Philip Biedenbender, son of Steven and Laurie Biedenbender, and New Ulm Cathedral’s John Hayes, son of Thomas and Patricia Hayes.

Citizens believes that supporting our local students through their education is a vital necessity to the future of our communities, and we are proud of the accomplishments these students have achieved so far in their young lives.  Citizens looks forward to what all of the scholarship winners will accomplish in the future!

For more information on the Citizens Bank Minnesota Scholarship, please visit:

By: Kelly Blick, Marketing Assistant/Youth Coordinator

Could you use $4,000 for College?

Citizens Bank Minnesota has paid out $104,500 in awards since 2000 with their Scholarship Program. 

Citizens awards two or more scholarships each year to local graduating seniors who will be attending post-secondary education. Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America of St. Peter, performs the selection process and administration. This program was instituted at Citizens as a way to show our commitment to the community and our belief in today’s youth. Citizens plans to continue this tradition for years to come!

Applicants for the scholarship program must be high school seniors, who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four year college or university in the fall following graduation. This program’s requirements include that the student be a customer of Citizens Bank Minnesota with an open and active checking account. The applicant must also attend the required educational banking classes before applications are distributed.

Students applying for the scholarship are required to attend the ‘Real Life 101’ seminar. This seminar focuses on teaching valuable lessons in banking. The classes include Personal Finance, Loans and Credit, Investments, Insurance and Online Banking tools. The classes include lecture as well as real life examples, such as how to work a budget, what is needed to apply for a loan, and various investment options to name a few.

Scholarship awards are $1,000.00 each. Awards may be renewed for an additional three years, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and maintaining full-time enrollment. Applicants not selected for the scholarship awards will be entered into a drawing to win some fun prizes. Not all applicants will be selected to receive an award.

Interested students must complete the application they receive after meeting the bank’s requirements. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information provided; therefore, the applicant must answer questions to the fullest extent possible. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America. Applications must be completed and postmarked by the deadline set by Scholarship America.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors received and work experience. Students are also asked to complete a statement of educational and career goals, and submit an outside appraisal from a teacher or counselor. Financial need is not considered. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any bank or school official play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision of Scholarship America as final.

If you are interested in this program contact Scholarship Coordinator Missy Marti ( Our first Real Life 101 seminar for 2010 will be held Tuesday, December 28th in New Ulm. 

Missy Marti, Assistant Marketing Director/eWorld Coordinator

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