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HIGHER EDUCATION

Citizens to award 40 college scholarships

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PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group will award 40 “TruFit Good Citizen” scholarships to high school seniors and current college students across the country.

Forty scholarships totaling $50,000 will be awarded to students who have been active in community service. One winner will be awarded $5,000, four winners will receive $2,500 and the remaining 35 winners will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

To qualify, students must attend or plan on attending a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program.

“This scholarship program is a natural extension of our own dedication to community service and of our commitment to helping college students finance their education to make it more affordable,” Brendan Coughlin, president of education finance for the Citizens Financial Group, said Thursday in prepared remarks.

Citizens launched the TruFit scholarship program last year, awarding $50,000 to students whose volunteer efforts have “made a difference in their communities.”

“We know from last year’s inaugural class of winners how meaningful it was for them to be acknowledged and rewarded for their hard work, so we look forward to this opportunity to honor a new class of students who are doing good work in their communities,” said Couglin.

Applicants will be picked based on an essay of no more than 250 words or a 60-second video recording explaining the responsibility and leadership skills they have developed through their community-service experience.

The application period will run from April 1 to April 30. Scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2012 to 2013 academic year.

For more information visit www.citizensbank.com/scholarship.

Citizens Bank, Citizens Financial Group, TruFit, Community Service, scholarships, Rhode Island, Philanthropy

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