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College Scholarship Forms Available at Participating First Bank Locations

$50,000 available to high school seniors through national scholarship program

Area high school seniors are encouraged to visit First Bank to obtain a college scholarship application form.  Completed application forms are due by March 15, 2006.  Students do not need to be First Bank customers in order to apply.  

Participating First Bank locations in Missouri include Beaufort, Bismarck, Dutzow, Farmington, Gerald, Hermann, Montgomery City, Owensville, Park Hills, Ste. Genevieve, Warrenton, and Washington.  

Participating First Bank locations in Illinois include Bartonville, Belleville, Breese, Brighton, Carbondale, Chester, Columbia, East St. Louis, Edwardsville, Galesburg, Granite City, Greenville, Jacksonville, Jerseyville, Johnston City, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, O’Fallon, Peoria, Pittsfield, Quincy, Red Bud, Roodhouse, Salem, Springfield, Swansea, Valmeyer, Vandalia, West Frankfort, Waterloo, and Winchester.  

ACCEL/Exchange is offering 34 college scholarships worth a total of $50,000 to high school seniors in the United States who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college.  ACCEL/Exchange will award four $5,000 grants and 30 $1,000 grants to selected applicants.  

The ACCEL/Exchange Network is one of the nation's premier electronic funds transfer (EFT) networks, supplying the infrastructure for member financial institutions to provide their customers with anytime, anywhere access to their demand deposit accounts.

First Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in the country with more than $9 billion in assets and 179 locations in Missouri, Illinois, California, and Texas.

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