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Hester Scholarship

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The goal of The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship is to assist deserving high school seniors in their first year of college and to promote community banking. The scholarship is named after long-time CBA Chief Executive Officer, the late Julian Hester and his late daughter, Jan Hester. Jan was a senior at the University of Georgia when she died in an auto accident on April 15, 1990. In addition to supporting community banking, this scholarship is an opportunity to pass on the positive qualities both Julian and Jan Hester exemplified to further the development of tomorrow’s generations.
  1. Open to Georgia high school seniors who will be entering a Georgia university, college, or technical college (if program is two or more years) in the Fall semester of 2015. Scholarship funds will be awarded to another student if program is not started in that semester.

  2. Requirements:

a) Complete Application
b) Complete Activity Record
c) Complete Essay
d) Complete Qualifications (1 Page Completed by a Teacher)
e) Complete High School Transcript (and SAT and/or ACT Scores if Available)


  1. Awards are based on academic merit, not financial need.

  2. At least four (4) $1,000 scholarships funded by the Community Bankers Association of Georgia
    (CBA) and its membership will be awarded.

  3. Scholarship funds are paid by the CBA directly to the college, university or technical school
    to an account in the student’s name to be applied toward tuition, books and expenses.

  4. The CBA recommends that a local community bank also award a scholarship to their individual
    applicant; however, the bank is not required to do this.

  5. All winning or selected applicants from each community bank will be forwarded to the CBA
    office for review and will be presented to the Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship

  6. The Judging Committee of CBA member banks and Associate Member companies will make a final choice of at least four (4) applicants chosen to receive the scholarships. A notice of the applicants chosen will be mailed to the sponsoring community bank president. The four (4) award recipients will be notified by the CBA and the sponsoring bank.

  7. Any award not utilized may, at the Committee’s discretion, be used to increase the number of
    awards for the next year, or the scholarship may be awarded to one of the semi-finalists.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship Winners!

Sarah Brightwell

University of Georgia
Sponsored by:
First Madison Bank & Trust
Jay Staines, President

Kaitlyn Ellington

Mercer University
Sponsored by:
Verity Bank
Steven Smith, President

Corey Harris

Southern Polytechnic State
University, Marietta
Sponsored by:
United Community Bank
Andrew Williams, III, President

Viral Shah

Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta
Sponsored by:
Richard Fairey, President

A Special Thanks to Our 2014 Judges Panel

Natalie Brooke, Resurgent Performance, Inc., Alpharetta
Clell Deaver, Atlantic Captial Bank, Atlanta
Katherine Kay, Georgia Commerce Bank, Atlanta
Dr. Don Sabbarese, Kennesaw State University
Kris Stoutamire, Howe Construction, Inc., Roswell
Kathy Winiarczyk, Community Bank of the South, Smyrna

Click here to read the winning essays!


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