Community Relations

One Community Bank awards three $1,000 scholarships

Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank awarded three students $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship recipients included: Lydia Gold of Madison, Wis., a recent graduate of La Follette High School. She plans to use the scholarship funds toward her education at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn., where she will study educational policy.   Mason Rake of Grand Marsh, Wis., who graduated … Read more

Citizens Bank Minnesota awards 8 scholarships

New Ulm-based Citizens Bank Minnesota awarded eight student scholarships this year as part of the bank’s annual scholarship program.  As part of the Community Bankers Scholarship Program, the bank awards the scholarships to senior applicants who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at either a two- or four-year college in the … Read more

First Bank of Berne donates $1,000 to STEM program

Indiana-based First Bank of Berne donated $1,000 to the South Adams Middle and High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club. The STEM Club is involved in competitions and projects and plans to compete in the 2022 National TSA Conference in Dallas. The money First Bank of Berne donated to the STEM Club will … Read more

Commemorative coins help tell story of segregated baseball

In 2020, a year pockmarked by racial tensions and hyper-partisanship, 77 U.S. Senators and 300 U.S. Representatives added their names to an initiative to commemorate Negro Leagues Baseball on the centennial of its founding. This rare display of Congressional bi-partisanship resulted in the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which authorized the minting of commemorative coins, the sale of which will support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. [Continue]

Groundbreaking held for One Community Bank financed project

On June 7, Oregon, Wis.-based One Community Bank President and CEO Steve Peotter, Senior Market President Dan Carey, and Aaron Anderson of treasury management and business development attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the OCB-financed The Legacy Hotel in Green Bay, Wis.   The bank is funding both the first mortgage construction loan and Property Assessed … Read more

Centier Bank donates $5K for playground equipment

Whiting, Ind.-based Centier Bank associates recently gathered with Gary Rotary Club members to build a new playground at the YWCA of Northwest Indiana in Gary and presented a $5,000 check to help fund it. Organizers more than doubled the initial fundraising goal to renovate the existing park and build a new play system, from $25,000 … Read more

Security Financial gives $6K in scholarships to local students

Durand, Wis.-based Security Financial Bank awarded 12 area recent high school graduates $500 college scholarships.  Every year, Security Financial awards up to two $500 scholarships in each of its markets to graduating high school seniors. Recipients are chosen based on involvement in youth organizations, school and community events, with particular preference given to students pursuing … Read more

ChoiceOne Bank awarding $20K in scholarships this year

Sparta, Mich.-based ChoiceOne Bank is awarding $20,000 in scholarships this year as part of its annual ChoiceOne Scholarship Essay Contest.  The contest provides needs-based $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors in the communities ChoiceOne serves. This year, 14 winners were chosen from 10 community high schools. The bank is also honoring a half-dozen renewable scholarships from … Read more

WaterStone Bank donates scholarships to more than 40 high schools

Wauwatosa, Wis.-based WaterStone Bank donated scholarship funds to more than 40 local high schools. The scholarships, considered an annual donation from the WaterStone Bank Foundation, “are awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated exceptional character, academic commitment, and a desire to excel in their educational endeavors,” according to the bank. The foundation was established 20 … Read more