Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship


What is the Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship?

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. All Georgia high school seniors are eligible to compete for this scholarship if they are planning to enter a Georgia university, college, or technical institute (two-year program or more) in the fall semester of 2024, following their high school graduation (applicant must be a full-time student). Each year, CBA awards four (4) $1,000 scholarships.

To compete, students must be sponsored by a local community bank, must complete an activity record expressing their leadership activity in school, write a short essay on community banking, provide teacher recommendations and an official high school transcript. Awards are based on academic merit and not financial need.

The scholarship is named after former community banker and 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. 


Congratulations to the 2024 Scholarship Winners!

Payton Beaver
Berry College 
United Community Bank, Jasper
Mr. Daniel Lopez


Jackson Dowdy
University of Georgia 
Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Louisville
Mr.  Bill Easterlin

Emily Collins
Georgia Tech 
United Community Bank, Rome
Mr. Scott Tucker


Hannah Posey
University of Georgia 
Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Louisville
Mr. Bill Easterlin