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July 9, 2020
Raquel Cobb, Marketing Manager
GREENSBORO – The BankSouth Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 recipients of the BankSouth Citizenship Award and Scholarship. Each year, the Foundation honors three Greene County graduating seniors who demonstrate moral courage, honesty, respect and helpfulness in their high schools and their community. The award and scholarship are provided to assist with the costs of education at the next level at the recipients’ chosen college or university.
Nominated by their teachers and selected by their peers, Mya Greene of Greene County High School, Chase Crumbley of Nathanael Greene Academy and Mahnoor Sultan of Lake Oconee Academy were recently presented the BankSouth Citizenship Award & Scholarship at their high schools’ respective award ceremonies.
Mya Greene ranked amongst the Top Ten of her graduating class. As a student at Greene County High School, she participated in many clubs and organizations such as Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Interact Club and UGA Leadership. She was also active in cross country and marching band. In the community, she participated in Youth Leadership Greene and received Rotary Student of the Month in February 2020. Greene plans to attend the University of Georgia to study engineering.
“I would like to extend my thanks on being selected as the recipient of the BankSouth Foundation Scholarship. It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized by my teachers and peers as being worthy of receiving such an honor,” said Greene. “This scholarship is not only a reliever towards my financial needs, but also a key necessary to accessing the tools that will guide me towards a successful future,” she continued.
Chase Crumbley is Nathanael Greene Academy’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian. He plans to attend the University of North Georgia to study engineering with hopes to also pursue a career in music ministry. Crumbley was voted Mr. Nathanael Greene Academy his senior year and was also selected as NGA’s Citizenship Award recipient and Rotary Student of the Month his junior and senior year.
During high school, Crumbley participated in basketball, baseball and football, in which he won Most Valuable Player for Best Offensive & Defensive Lineman. He was also involved in his high school’s plays, musicals and literary competitions, receiving multiple group and individual awards for his performances in regional and state competitions. He also served in his high school’s Beta Club. In the community, Crumbley has participated in Youth Leadership Greene and volunteered at local junior rodeos and in improving his school’s campus.
“I am so humbled and so thankful for this honor,” said Crumbley. “It is even more special to me because my mom and papa were both employees of BankSouth when it was known as Citizens Union Bank. This scholarship will help tremendously with college tuition costs,” he shared.
Mahnoor Sultan has completed more than 200 hours of community service during her high school career, which include serving as a translator for Atlas Ministry’s Moms and More, fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and teen leading for 4-H Cloverleaf Summer Camp. She has also participated in student government, the LOAThirst Project and Beta Club, where she volunteered with Rivers Alive – a volunteer waterway cleanup event for waterways in Georgia.
Sultan has been awarded multiple Clemson University Poetry Declamation awards for state and regional competitions. She also earned first place in communications in 4-H’s District Project Achievement (DPA). Sultan plans to attend Mercer University to study biology and Spanish. Her goal is to become a pediatrician and join Doctors Without Borders to help people without access to health care.
“As a first-generation high school graduate, it honors me most to know that my teachers and peers nominated me for this scholarship. Growing up in an immigrant family has taught me the value of an education, and thanks to this generous support, I am the first in my family to attend college,” said Sultan. “Knowing that my teachers and peers believe in me as much as I believe in myself to make a change truly humbles me and drives me to educate myself on challenges in the medical world,” she continued.
Greene, Crumbley and Sultan were presented the BankSouth Foundation Citizenship Award & Scholarship by board member and former Greene County educator, Frances Strickland. BankSouth is a community bank offering consumer, commercial and digital banking and lending solutions in Greene County since 1946. Each year, the BankSouth Foundation awards scholarships and donates to local organizations to advance its local community.
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