CINCINNATI, Jun 9, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Urban Financial Services
Coalition of Greater Cincinnati (formerly Urban Bankers) ("UFSC") awarded seven
$1,000 scholarships at its 11th annual banquet last Wednesday. The event was
hosted at the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and was
attended by over 130 guests, members and supporters. The scholarship encourages
minority youth to explore careers in the financial services industry. Since its
inception, the Cincinnati chapter of UFSC has awarded over $80,000 in
Greg Johnson, vice president of consumer credit products at U.S. Bank and chair
of this year's event said, "The pool of candidates was exceptional and it was
difficult to select only seven winners."
Marvin Lewis, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals gave the keynote address and
awarded a $1,000 scholarship, in his name, to LaVandez Jones, who resides in
Walnut Hills and is a senior at Walnut Hills High. The other recipients included
Lydell Carter, a senior at Sycamore High who lives in Blue Ash, sponsored by PNC
Bank; Jane Harris, a senior at Walnut Hills who resides in Madisonville,
sponsored by Provident Bank; Sara Strickland, a senior at Walnut Hills who
resides in Roselawn, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank; Stanley Wells, a senior at
Walnut Hills who lives in Avondale, sponsored by Cheap Tobacco; Theodore Wireko,
a senior at Lakota West who lives in West Chester, sponsored by Fimco; and
Ashley Wright, a senior at Finneytown who lives in College Hill, sponsored by
U.S. Bank Institutional Custody Services.
Eric Louden, Senior Vice President at Louisville Community Development Bank and
President of the Cincinnati Chapter, stated "The scholarship banquet is a great
opportunity to recognize outstanding minority youth and provide an opportunity
for our sponsors to see some of the great work we do in the community."
UFSC raises funds for the scholarships at its annual golf outing. This year's
outing will be held at The Golf Club of Legendary Run on August 25, 2003. Gold
sponsors earn the privilege of having a scholarship awarded in their name. For
information on the golf outing, email UFSC@cinci.rr.com or call (513) 703-GOLF.
UFSC is a non-profit organization of minority professionals in the financial
services industry. UFSC was established in 1974. UFSC supports programs that
offer practical benefits for minority financial services professionals, banks
and financial institutions. This includes fostering the interest and expanding
the numbers of minorities in banking, increasing community service activities in
underserved markets, enhancing scholarship opportunities for minority youth in
pursuit of financial services careers, and cultivating a premier pool of
experienced minority banking professionals.
SOURCE: U.S. Bank
CONTACT: U.S. Bank
Greg Johnson, 513/639-6279
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