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Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation Awards Sydney Guthrie $7,500 College Scholarship; Awards $26,000 Overall to High School Seniors Across Virginia

The Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) Education Foundation is pleased to announce that Sydney Guthrie is the statewide winner of the VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program (Bank Day). Sydney, who is a senior at James Madison High School in Vienna, was hosted by Burke & Herbert Bank to participate in Bank Day. Previously named the Northern Virginia region winner, Sydney was awarded a $2,500 scholarship and will now receive an additional $5,000, for a total of $7,500 for her college education.

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College Ave

Welcome new VBA endorsed provider – College Ave! Offering a fantastic private student loan referral program where banks can earn non-interest income through referral fees paid by College Ave while helping bank customers address their higher education funding needs. Best of all, because this is a referral program, your bank does not take on any loan administration – College Ave handles all origination, disbursement, and servicing.

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