NextGen Scholarship: Building Better Community Bankers

Congratulations to the 2017 NextGen Scholarship Winners!

Barret Graduate School of Banking Scholarship

David Finnerty, senior vice president, Guilford Savings Bank in Guilford, Conn.

LEAD FWD Summit Scholarship

Erin Liberton, senior vice president, Eastman National Bank of Newkirk in Ponca, Okla.
Matt Arnold, vice president, Community State Bank of Missouri in Bowling Green, Mo.

Community Banker University Scholarship

Matthew Rogers, operations center manager, Itasca Bank & Trust in Itasca, Ill.



Community Banking Scholarships


2017 NextGen Scholarship Options

Barret Graduate School of Banking Scholarship (one available)

  • Scholarship includes education tuition and room/board for a three-year program at the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, TN beginning the May 2018 semester. 
  • Scholarship value: $4,995 (three-year value)

LEAD FWD Summit Scholarship
(two available)

  • Scholarship includes registration and $500 in travel reimbursement to ICBA's annual LEADFWD Summit, November 6-7, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Scholarship value: $1,283 each

Community Banker University Scholarship
(one available)

  • Scholarship includes registration to any institute or certification program in 2017-2018
  • Scholarship value: $2,295

The application period has closed for 2017.


Barret School of Banking Scholarship

How to Apply for a NextGen Scholarship

Apply for each scholarship above, separately:

  • Application includes short essay questions, to be accompanied with a letter of recommendation from an executive level officer of the applicant’s bank.
  • Application submission period is March 30-April 21, 2017.
  • Limit of 100 applications will be accepted for each scholarship.

Scholarship Parameters:

  • Must be an ICBA member bank.
  • Nominee must be with a member community bank for at least five years in a progressive management career path, either with the current bank member or combined with a previous financial institution (for Barret Graduate School of Banking and LEAD FWD Summit scholarships only).
  • Recipient must remain with a member community bank for the duration of the scholarship period.
  • Recipient must satisfactorily attend and complete required coursework and/or evaluations to receive complete funding for the duration of the scholarship.
  • Recipient must remain in contact with the scholarship committee – at least annually – through the scholarship program duration to report on the impact of learning received as applied to the impact on his/her career.
  • Scholarship applications must be complete (including letter of recommendation) to be considered.

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