Citizens announces scholarship winners

Posted 9/11/12

PROVIDENCE – RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc. has announced the winners of its second annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program, awarding a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to 40 students across the country.

The winners were chosen based on the responsibility and leadership skills they demonstrated through their community service. More than 5,000 students applied for the scholarships. One winner receives $5,000, four winners each receive $2,500 and 35 winners each receive $1,000.

The top five winners are listed below. All winners are featured on the Citizens Bank Facebook page.

Grand Prize – $5,000 scholarship:

  • Matthew Ferguson of Oregon, created Matt’s Chemo Bags for cancer patients. He attends Northern Arizona University.

    1st Prize - $2,500 Scholarship

  • Sonya Davis of Louisiana, volunteers with children to improve their academic performance. She attends Southeastern Louisiana University.

  • Emily Herrin of Florida, co-founded TOMS Club to help Filipino women feed their families. She attends Lee University.

  • Odunola Ojewumi of Maryland, founded Sacred Heart’s Children’s Transplant Foundation that raises awareness about organ donation and supports local public service programs. She attends the University of Maryland.

  • Annika Vernon of North Dakota, created the “Pallets-A-Plenty” project that crochets sleeping pallets out of plastic bags for the homeless. She attends Jamestown College.

    “Community service is a part of our own culture, so we are excited to be able to celebrate the contributions that these students have made, and to be able to help them cover some of their college expenses. As a private student lender committed to helping students finance their education, we are pleased to reward these students for supporting their communities,” said Brendan Coughlin, President of Education Finance, RBS Citizens Financial Group.

    “We received an overwhelming number of applications from students across the nation who are using their talents and their passion for volunteerism to help those in their community who need it most,” he said.

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