ANNUAL ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


CBAI Foundation announces 2024 essay contest scholarship winners

The Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) Foundation for Community Banking is proud to announce the 2024 Annual Scholarship Program winners. Now in its 37th year, the program awarded $21,000 to 23 high school seniors via an essay‑writing contest. The overall winner receives a $1,000 scholarship per year for up to four years of higher education. This year, 75 CBAI member banks representing 241 students statewide participated in the contest. Congratulations to all the winning students
and sponsoring banks!

Details will be available in September 2024 for the 2025 scholarship program.

GROUP 1
  • First Place – Gregory Kotsiviras, Carl Sandburg High School – CNB Bank & Trust, N.A., Carlinville (Oak Forest branch)

GROUP 2

  • OVERALL WINNER – First Place – Nora Hammer, Oregon High School – Harvard State Bank
  • Second Place – Madison Lynch, Lockport Township High School – Town Center Bank, New Lenox

GROUP 3

  • First Place – Molly Amendt, Lena Winslow High School – Lena State Bank
  • Second Place – Kortney Kudronowicz, Scales Mound High School – Apple River State Bank
GROUP 4
  • First Place – Brooklyn Stadeli, Cissna Park High School – The Frederick Community Bank, Paxton
  • Second Place – Cole Noreuil, Delavan High School – Bank of Pontiac

GROUP 5

  • First Place – Sophie Muir, Dunlap High School – Better Banks, Peoria
  • Second Place – Jillian Bennison, Kewanee High School – State Bank of Toulon

GROUP 6

  • First Place – Sophia Shaffer, Unity High School – State Street Bank and Trust Co., Quincy
  • Second Place – Maggie Stanford, Payson Seymour High School – Liberty Bank

GROUP 7

  • First Place – Mariam Zuehls, Washington Community High School – Goodfield State Bank
  • Second Place – Elsa Olmstead, Washington Community High School – Goodfield State Bank

GROUP 8

  • First Place – Ella Hazzard, Fisher Jr.-Sr. High School – The Fisher National Bank
  • Second Place – Luke Nelson, Charleston High School – First Federal Savings & Loan Assn. of Central Illinois, Shelbyville

GROUP 9

  • First Place – Delaney Lines, Williamsville High School – Williamsville State Bank & Trust
  • Second Place – Griffin Ames, Porta High School – Alliance Community Bank, Petersburg

GROUP 10

  • First Place — Madisyn Wienstroer, Okawville Jr.-Sr. High School – Old Exchange National Bank, Okawville
  • Second Place – Jacob Schaper, Fortitude Homeschool – Collinsville Building & Loan Association

GROUP 11

  • First Place – Jason Nguyen, Edwards County High School – Citizens National Bank of Albion
  • Second Place – Vishnu Rangoonwala, Mount Vernon Township High School – Community First Bank of the Heartland, Mt. Vernon

GROUP 12
  • First Place – Libby Conkle, Massac County High School – City National Bank, Metropolis
  • Second Place – Max Davis, Eldorado High School – Legence Bank, Eldorado

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Ava Peterson, Lincoln Way – First Bank of Manhattan
  • Paige Ackman, Rushville-Industry High School – Rushville State Bank
  • Mason Oliver, Mt. Zion High School – Scott State Bank, Bethany
  • Ethan Endress, Father McGivney Catholic High School – Litchfield National Bank


If you have any questions regarding the Annual Essay Scholarship Program,
contact a member of the Communications Department today!