"There is little more promising, in the communities we serve, than the potential our students have to bring skills and personal commitment back to their hometowns by getting a college degree," said John Peck, President and CEO of Heritage Bank. "If we, in some small way, can assist these aspiring students in reaching their goal of a college education, we certainly want to do everything we can to do so."
Information is available from high school guidance counselors. Students are encouraged to seek out their individual counselors for an application form. Forms can be returned to the guidance offices in the respective high schools. Selections will be made by each school and announced during honors ceremonies at each high school before the May 2004 graduation dates.
Students, parents and school officials will be invited to a special banquet later this summer to recognize the scholarship award recipients. "We hope to build this scholarship program in the coming years to further support the educational opportunities of our local graduating seniors," Peck added.
Heritage Bank has nine offices in seven West Kentucky communities: Hopkinsville, Elkton, Cadiz, Murray, Benton, Calvert City and Fulton. Heritage Bank is a subsidiary of Hoped Bancorp headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2004. The bank was established in 1879.