First State Bank Funds Scholarship

 Interim President at Sul Ross State University, Dr. Quint Thurman, seated at left, and Dick Geries, President and CEO of the First State Bank of Uvalde, far right, sign a scholarship agreement while Dr. Paul Sorrels, Associate Provost/Dean of Rio Grande College looks on.-Laura Nelson photo

By Laura Nelson

First State Bank of Uvalde Chairman and CEO Dick Geries recently announced a new scholarship available to students attending Sul Ross Rio Grande College.

Thanks to the generosity of the bank, RGC students may apply for the $1,000.00 scholarship that is renewable for up to three semesters by meeting and maintaining the following criteria: the student must be enrolled full time, must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and must reside in one of the communities served by FSB including Uvalde, Camp Wood, Carrizo Springs, Concan, Leakey, Sabinal, or Utopia. Recipients also agree to attend an approved financial literacy course that will educate them about using money management tools such as setting financial goals and developing and keeping a monthly budget in order to build personal wealth.

Geries said, “We are pleased to assist deserving students from our area and want to help them further their educational goals at Sul Ross Rio Grande College. We believe the quality education these students receive at Rio Grande College will help them make better decisions about their personal finances in the future.”

Paul Sorrels, Associate Provost/Dean at RGC, added, "We are very honored and pleased by the generosity of First State Bank to assist Sul Ross Rio Grande College students with the new scholarship. It is also gratifying that FSB will partner with Sul Ross RGC to offer financial literacy instruction for our students. We continue to look for ways to help students lower their loan debt at graduation. Scholarships and good financial management are two ways to address this concern. We deeply appreciate the example and impact First State Bank has in our community and we look forward to working with them in the future."

Students who meet the qualifications stated above may contact the Financial Aid office in Uvalde at 830.279.3008 to learn how to apply.