Missouri Bankers Association offers scholarships

 Missouri Bankers Association offers scholarships

The Missouri Bankers Foundation will be awarding several $500 scholarships in 2009 to graduating high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in banking or a banking related field.

The scholarships will be awarded through the MBF Willis W. Alexander Scholarship program and the MBF John W. Rogers Memorial Scholarship program.

The Willis W. Alexander Scholarship was established in memory of Willis W. Alexander, a Missouri banker who served as president of both the Missouri Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association. He held the office of executive vice president of the American Bankers Association for 15 years.

The John W. Rogers Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Rogers, a Missouri banker who served as president of the Missouri Bankers Association. The Rogers scholarship is awarded to a student who plans a career in banking or a related field or a career in agriculture. Preference is given to students who plan to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Information about the scholarships have been sent to Missouri high school guidance counselors. Information and the scholarship applications are available on the Missouri Bankers Association Web site at www.mobankers.com. Or, for more information call Rachael Preston at the Missouri Bankers Association.

The Missouri Bankers Foundation was established in 1986 to provide scholarships for deserving students entering college to pursue careers in the banking industry. The Missouri Bankers Association is a statewide trade and professional organization that represents the interests of 365 banks and savings and loans in Missouri. Its members have more than 30,000 employees who work in more than 2,000 locations throughout the state.