CULLMAN SAVINGS BANK Awards Scholarships To Outstanding Students

by | May 14, 2018 | Breaking News, Business, Cullman City Schools, Cullman County Schools, Images, Interviews, Schools, Videos

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CULLMAN SAVINGS BANK Awards Scholarships
To Outstanding Cullman Area High School Students

Cullman Savings Bank Foundation continued their strong, year-over-year support for educational advancement among Cullman high school students.

At a luncheon at Top of the Town on Friday, Cullman Savings Bank awarded substantial scholarships to students who plan to attend Wallace Community College.

This year’s roster of outstanding students came from recommendations made by their high school counselors and/or teachers:

Logan Mae Chambers – Holly Pond High School
CarrieAnn Douglas – West Point High School
Haley Frankham – Cullman High School
Kailey Goble – Fairview High School
Anna Hampton – Fairview High School
Serah Hudson – Hanceville High School
Cassidy Johnson – Good Hope High School
Presley Marks – Holly Pond High School
Jamie Marotz – Vinemont High School
Katelyn Neely – Fairview High School/Cullman Area Technology Academy
Madison Smith – Vinemont High School/Cullman Area Technology Academy

Returning from last year are:
Emily James
Tania Albarron

These two will begin their second year at Wallace.

Completing their two-year scholarships are:

Marissa Woodall
Kayley Fortner

All these top students received scholarships in amounts ranging from $250.00 to $5,000.00.

Those who receive a full scholarship of up to $5,000.00 may qualify for the same scholarship the following year.

Cullman Savings Bank worked closely with TJ Franey, Karen Pinion and Derinda Duke of the Cullman County Schools.

The bank also worked in collaboration with Suzanne Harbin and Cherie Smith at the Future Foundation at Wallace State Community College.

Clara H. Kent, Vice President of Marketing and Loan Compliance for Cullman Savings Bank had these thoughts:

“We try to reach those students who may not receive other scholarships or qualify for student aid, other than a student loan. Most of these recipients are students whom their counselors or teachers have seen something promising in them but finances may interfere with their dream of going to college. We want to help them reach their dreams.”

The Cullman Savings Bank Foundation Board consists of:

• Greg Barksdale
• Senator Paul Bussman
• Judge Kim Chaney
• Nancy McClellan
• John A. Riley
• Dr. Bill Peinhardt


Presley Marks of Holly Pond High School received the Mike Duke scholarship. This scholarship is given to a Holly Pond student in memory and honor of Mike Duke who was a long time banker, community leader and cherished friend to the bank and many others in Cullman.

Mr. Duke believed in the power of an education and the difference it could make in someone’s life.

John Riley, President & CEO of Cullman Savings Bank and President of Cullman Savings Bank Foundation:

“Mike lost his battle with cancer in June 2015 but his legacy of helping others lives on through this scholarship.”

These fine students also received a variety of gifts at the luncheon that will help them during their time in college. First time recipients took hope a Samsung Tablets and Blue Tooth Keyboards, returning students will wear home Smart Watches and those who have completed their two years received separate cash gift.

In this interview, we spoke with scholarship recipients CarrieAnn Douglas and Jamie Marotz as well as Cullman Savings Bank President and CEO, John A. Riley:

CULLMAN SAVINGS BANK Awards Scholarships To Outstanding Students

Timothy Collins

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