NextGen Scholarship: Building Better Community Bankers

We’re looking for tomorrow’s leaders, today! ICBA is providing four national scholarships in 2017 to community bankers who are forward-thinking, aspire to be great and are ready to elevate themselves to new heights and opportunities. 

Apply between March 30 and April 21, 2017 to be eligible for one of four national scholarships. Only 100 applications per scholarship will be accepted for consideration, so apply early!

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 applicantions must be complete (including letter of recommendation) to be considered.

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