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April 11, 2013

Citizens Bank to award $50K in scholarships

MANCHESTER — To help students supplement the cost of their college education and reward them for their volunteer efforts, Citizens Bank has announced it once again is offering the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program.

Now in its third year, Citizens Bank will award a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership.

The application period for the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship is open now and runs through Friday, April 19, or until 3,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. Winners will be announced this summer.

A total of 40 college scholarships will be awarded to U.S. residents who are 16 years of age or older, and are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program, and who have been active in community service. The school scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“As a company that helps students finance their college education, we created this scholarship program as a way to highlight and reward students who are devoting their time and effort into making their communities better places to live,” said Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire and Vermont. “We believe in contributing to the health and prosperity of our communities and look forward to seeing this year’s applicants and the contributions they are making in their local neighborhoods.”

Citizens Bank will award 40 college scholarships totaling $50,000. One winner will receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners each will receive $1,000.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay of no more than 250 words or a video up to 60 seconds long that describes their community volunteerism and leadership. They must also provide two references that are directly connected to their community involvement. For full details, rules and to apply, go to

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