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National Bankers Assoc. Launches Scholarship Program for Minority Students

National Bankers Assoc. Launches Scholarship Program for Minority Students

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The National Bankers Association Foundation, Inc. (“NBAF”), the outreach and education arm of the National Bankers Association (“NBA”), will hold its Inaugural Scholarship Fundraising Banquet to raise funds for minority students interested in pursuing careers in banking and finance on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia). 

In addition to raising funds, the Foundation will honor the presidents of six historically Black colleges in Alabama and Georgia.  Participating schools include: Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Savannah State University, Tuskegee University and Alabama State University.

NBA member banks in Alabama and Georgia will serve as the host committee.  Serving on this committee are the following banks: Carver State Bank (Savannah), Capitol City Bank and Trust (Atlanta), Citizens Trust Bank (Atlanta), State Bank of Georgia (Fayetteville), and First Tuskegee Bank (Montgomery, Alabama).

According to Victor E. Cook, Executive Director of the NBA Foundation: “One of the major goals of the Foundation is to increase the number of minorities who will pursue careers in banking and finance. Â This fundraiser can provide seed money at each of the participating institutions of higher learning to bring more attention to the banking profession as a desirable career choice for minority students.”

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and Congressman John Lewis are serving as honorary co-chairs for the event.

The NBAF was incorporated in 2001.  The National Bankers Association, founded in 1927, is a consortium of Hispanic-American, African-American, Asian-American, Indian-American and women-owned banks.  Touting itself as the “Voice for minority banking”, the NBA advocates on behalf of its members who serve some of America’s most economically distressed communities.