ICBA Announces NextGen Scholarship Recipients


Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) today announced the recipients of its 2016 NextGen Scholarships. Four community bankers from across the nation were selected from hundreds of entries to receive one of three types of scholarships to fund their professional development and education. 

“ICBA is proud to create opportunities for the industry’s rising stars and help pave the way for a new generation of community bankers to gain knowledge and insights from industry experts,” said Chris Lorence, ICBA executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Supporting the development of tomorrow’s leaders helps ensure community banks—and their hometowns—flourish for years to come.”

Candidates at any career level from community banks of all asset sizes and charter types nationwide were eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

The scholarship review panel selected recipients based on their submitted essays and letters of recommendation from senior management at their bank. The 2016 ICBA NextGen Scholarship recipients are:

  • Barret School of Banking Scholarship: Michael Roberts, loan officer, Regional Missouri Bank in Paris, Mo.
  • LEAD FWD Summit Scholarship: Deborah A. Mitchell, executive vice president/chief risk officer, Trust Bank in Olney, Ill.
  • LEAD FWD Summit Scholarship: Rebecca Jensen, vice president, Royal Bank in Mauston, Wis.
  • Community Banker University Scholarship: Tim Stark, marketing coordinator, The Murray Bank in Murray, Ky.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.