August 14, 2015 — SouthEast Bank and Bryan College announce that four students have been selected to receive the SouthEast Bank Scholar Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. This scholarship will provide each student with $7,000 annually to offset the cost of tuition and assist in accomplishing academic and personal goals.
President Stephen D. Livesay remarked, “We appreciate the investment SouthEast Bank is making in our community through these students.” He said that these four students would not be able to further their education at Bryan without this scholarship from SouthEast Bank. “It’s amazing to see what this bank is doing in the community, and that means so much to these students, who wouldn’t be able to come to Bryan otherwise,” he said. “The encouragement is a wonderful blessing.”
“We’re excited and proud of Bryan College,” commented SouthEast Bank Senior Vice President Randy Wells. He mentioned how the Scholars Awards enable the selected students to continue their education and contribute to Rhea County and Tennessee’s economic health; many have remained in Rhea County after graduation and are now full members of the community. “They come from all over the nation, and the number that stay in Dayton amaze me,” he said, referencing the impact they have in every area of the community, from education to real estate.
The program is designed to recognize and reward outstanding students seeking higher education in Tennessee, underwriting tuition expenses for qualified incoming freshmen at participating colleges and universities statewide. SouthEast Bank, with total assets in excess of $500 million, operates full service banking offices throughout the regions of East and Middle Tennessee.
Recipients of the SouthEast Bank Scholars include a prestigious group of incoming students from Tennessee chosen by participating post-secondary institutions for their exceptional character and academic commitment. In addition to meeting the minimum criteria of achieving a 3.25 high school grade point average or a 23 ACT score, students who are awarded this distinct honor have also demonstrated financial need and community involvement.
Director of Financial Aid David Haggard added that he had the honor of bearing the good news to one of the scholarship recipients this year, who was prepared to have to decline coming to Bryan due to finances: “I was able to say, ‘Through SouthEast Bank we have a scholarship they want to give to you for your hard work and the generosity of the bank,’ and they were ecstatic! They went from not being able to come to Bryan to being able to make it happen. To every one of these students, that’s the difference maker for them.”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; firstname.lastname@example.org