Regions Bank Celebrates Black History Month with 6th Annual Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest for High School, College Students
Contest Opens Jan. 16th, builds on more than
$637,000 awarded since program inception
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In celebration of Black History Month, Regions
Bank is launching its annual Regions Riding Forward Scholarship
Essay Contest. Now in its sixth year, the program has awarded more than
$637,000 since its inception in 2012. Regions is calling for entries
from high school seniors and college students who reside with or attend
college within its geographic footprint, with submissions accepted from
Jan. 16 through Feb. 28.
The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest recognizes the
impact and contributions of African-Americans while providing
much-needed financial assistance to students facing growing
higher-education costs. In 2016, Regions experienced a 38 percent
increase in completed contest applications over the previous year.
"The Regions Riding Forward Essay Contest is a special scholarship to
us. It provides college scholarships to 30 students, while also shining
a spotlight on the African-Americans who inspire them," said Michele
Elrod, head of Regions marketing. "The poignant essays often speak to
the impact made by unsung heroes, like a parent or a teacher. More than
150 students have benefited from this scholarship over the years, and
we're proud of our track record of supporting young scholars."
The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high
school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Scholarships are granted in the amount of $5,000 for high school winners
and $3,500 for college winners. Awards are based on the results of an
essay contest, where each applicant submits a 500-word essay about how
an African-American has been an inspiration in the applicant's life.
One high school winner and one college winner is selected from each of
the 15 states served by Regions branches, for 30 total scholarship
recipients. Winners are generally announced in June with scholarships
awarded in July.
For official rules, complete entry details and eligibility requirements,
visit the contest website at regions.com/ridingforward.
The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest is part of the
bank's larger Black History Month celebration. In addition to the
scholarship program, Regions is continuing to offer a unique online
learning module about African-American history, "306: African-American
History™," to select high schools in markets served by the company. The
online module was developed by EverFi.
For questions about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest
submission process, or for technical questions, please contact the
contest administrator at ISTS Customer Care at 855-670-ISTS (4787) or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. All phone calls
and emails will receive a response within one business day.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $126 billion in assets, is
a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation's 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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