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VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program

Sponsored by the VBA Education Foundation and the VBA Emerging Bank Leaders

Bank Day 2018 will take place on March 20, 2018. Specific details for next year's program will be announced in December.  

What is Bank Day?

The third Tuesday in March was declared Bank Day in Virginia by the Virginia General Assembly in 1991. On this day, Virginia high school seniors spend a day in banks across the Commonwealth shadowing a banker in their daily duties. The purpose of this experience is for the students to learn about banking, financial services, and the vital role banks play in their communities. 

From their experience, the students are required to write an essay, and thirteen scholarships (six honorable mention, six regional and one statewide) are awarded on the basis of the essays.

Participation Criteria:
High school senior
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Teacher sponsor 

Scholarship Amounts:
$26,000 total -
$1,000 Each for Six Honorable Mention Scholarships
$2,500 Each for Six Regional Winners
$5,000 Statewide Winner ($7,500 total since all candidates will also be regional winners)

2017 Scholarship Program Winners

Congratulations to Sierra Espeland, who shadowed at Burke & Herbert Bank, for being named the statewide winner.  As the winner of the statewide contest Sierra will receive an additional $5,000, a total of $7,500 for her college education.

The following students had the winning regional essays and received $2,500: 

  • Capitol Regional Winner: William Omberg, Douglas S. Freeman High School, Union Bank & Trust 
  • Central/Southside Regional Winner: Elizabeth Rice, Parry McCluer High School, Bank of Botetourt
  • Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore Regional Winner: Virgil Thornton II, Hampton High School, Old Point National Bank
  • Northern Virginia Regional Winner: Sierra Espeland, Colonial Forge High School, Burke & Herbert Bank 
  • Southwest Virginia Regional Winner: Camryn Cook, Castlewood High School, New Peoples Bank
  • Valley Regional Winner: Skylar Wampler, Broadway High School, F&M Bank         
The following students were chosen as the honorable mention winners and received $1,000:
  • Capitol Honorable Mention Winner: Madeline Enderle, Patrick Henry High School, Wells Fargo
  • Central/Southside Honorable Mention Winner: Lauren Lawson, Appomattox County High School, The Farmers Bank of Appomattox 
  • Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore Honorable Mention Winner: Jordan Wideman, Hampton High School, Old Point National Bank 
  • Northern Virginia Honorable Mention Winner: Molly Avery, Fauquier High School, The Fauquier Bank 
  • Southwest Virginia Honorable Mention Winner: Hannah Jenkins, Tazewell High School, New Peoples Bank
  • Valley Honorable Mention Winner: Chandler Showalter, Waynesboro High School, F&M Bank

Questions? Please contact Monica McDearmon at 804-819-4743.