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May 25, 2008

Bradford National Bank Awards Four Scholarships

Greenville - Bradford National Bank has announced that it has awarded four $1,000 scholarships in 2008 – one each to graduating seniors at Greenville High School, Mulberry Grove High School, Highland High School and Triad High School.

Bradford National Bank president Frank Joy said, “Once again, there were a record number of applications and the selection process was difficult. The recipients this year are very deserving and we are pleased to be able to assist with their continuing education. As a community bank, we feel it is important to support our local schools, and by providing scholarship funds to graduating high school seniors we are helping fulfill that mission.”

Bond County Community Unit Number 2: Aaron Rench of Greenville, son of Bill and Tammy Rench, was selected as the Greenville High School scholarship recipient. Aaron has had an active high school career and has participated in band, football, the school musical, Light Force and Key Club. Aaron also served as class president and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Aaron will be attending Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a engineering major. He said, “I want my job to make a difference in my community, for my family and in the lives of others. I feel engineering has many great opportunities to offer me in my daily life and in our world.”
This is the 10th year Bradford National Bank has issued a scholarship for Greenville High School.

Bond County Community Unit Number 1: Nathan Dennison of Mulberry Grove, son of James and Kimberly Foltz, was selected as the Mulberry Grove High School scholarship recipient. Nathan is a member of the Scholastic Bowl team, the Rocket Team and a member of the National Honor Society. He maintained a 4.0 grade point average during his high school years.

Nathan plans to attend the University of Illinois in Springfield where he plans on going into the medical field with an emphasis on neurosurgery. Nathan, whose father is paralyzed from an on the job accident, said, “I want to help him, and everyone I can, with spinal cord, head and nerve injuries. This scholarship will help me realize this dream.”

This is the 10th year Bradford National Bank has offered a scholarship for Mulberry Grove High School.

Triad High School: Michele Dumoulin, daughter of David and Barbara Dumoulin of Marine, is the Bradford National Bank scholarship recipient for Triad High School. In her high school career, Michele served in many leadership positions, including Senior Class President, class vice president, National Honor Society vice president, Spanish Club officer and Tri-M officer among others. She was very active in school music and theatre programs, participated in the Model United Nations program, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Adolescents Learning Positive Health Alternatives (ALPHA), and the Madison County Youth Forum. Michele was very active in the community as well. She completed her high school career with a 4.0 grade point average.

Michele will be attending Brandeis University in Massachusetts majoring in theatre. She said, “My main goal in continuing my studies is to gain as much knowledge and experience I can and to use the tools I subsequently gain to the best of my ability….What’s most important to me right now is allowing myself to grow and mature within a challenging environment that promotes discipline and excellence.”

This is the third year Bradford National Bank has offered a scholarship for Triad High School.

Highland High School: Vanessa Knebel, daughter of Stephen and Evelyn Knebel of Highland, is the Bradford National Bank scholarship recipient for Highland High School. She was a member of the Lifesavers, Leo and Ambassador club. She performed in the Madrigal Chamber Choir and participated in the school musical. Vanessa also served on the student council. Outside of school, she was active in church youth groups and choir. She participated in four mission trips with her congregation. Venessa is also active in 4-H.

Vanessa plans on attending either Lindenwood or McKendree College. In the future, she would like to be a teacher. She said, “Knowing that there is more than one way to learn will be a benefit to me as a teacher. I feel the skills I have acquired, my love for children, and my desire to work with others will serve me well as an elementary school teacher.”

This is the third year Bradford National Bank has offered a scholarship for Highland High School.

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