Originally published in TOPS Louisville, September 2020
As part of their commitment to community, Independence Bank is investing in education in a big way. Since 2001, the Bank has awarded over $1 million in college scholarships to high school seniors throughout the state. What started with one $10,000 scholarship, has grown to 30+ scholarships today. Former CEO, Charles Reids’ dying wish was to start a scholarship program so that everyone could be afforded the opportunity of a higher education.
The Bank’s investment to education extends beyond scholarships. It supports various organizations with an emphasis on higher learning. One of those being the Catholic Education Foundation. With the motto “The Answer is YES,” the CEF has been helping kids from financially challenged families to receive a K-8 Catholic School education for nearly 25 years. “With our first grants in 1995, we helped about 200 kids,” says Richard Lechleiter, President of the Foundation. “Now, we’re up to over 3,000 annually. For the past several years, 100% of families who met the necessary conditions received assistance.”
“The impact of a well-rounded education is necessary for cultivating tomorrow’s leaders. This opportunity shouldn’t be limited, which is why we must invest in future generations now,” said Louis Straub, President of Independence Bank. Trinity High graduate and VP for Independence Bank, Brad Savko, learned firsthand the importance of a good education. “I was fortunate to attend a catholic school from kindergarten through high school. My education continued to build on what my parents instilled in me, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without that strong foundation,” said Savko.
Independence Bank has answered YES to the CEF and is teaming up with them for their annual Salute To the Game fundraiser, one of their main fundraisers of the year. “By supporting events such as this, we play a role in planting the seeds of tomorrow,” said Straub.
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