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Citizens Bank offering scholarships

The application period for Citizens Bank’s annual TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program begins Sunday.


The deadline to apply is April 30. Citizens launched the scholarship program last year, awarding $50,000 to college students whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in their communities.


This year, 40 scholarships, totaling $50,000, will be awarded to high school seniors and current college students across the country who are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program and who have been active in community service. The scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2012-2013 academic year.


“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,” said Jim Gaspo, president, Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New York. “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.”


One winner will receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners, $1,000 each.


For full details, rules and to apply, go to


Information about the scholarship program can be found on the bank’s Facebook page ( page beginning Monday