Seacoast awards scholarships to area graduates

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VERO BEACH — Following the close of the 2011 school year, it is a time for celebration for three outstanding seniors who are celebrating an additional financial boost that will help with tuition expenses as they begin their journey toward a higher education. Seacoast National Bank recently named the 2011 recipients of the Seacoast Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each.

Receiving this year’s scholarships are Stephanie Arizpe, Indian River Charter High School, Claudio S. Gonzalez, Sebastian River High School, and Peter Knutson, Vero Beach High School.

“Seacoast Scholarships are a fulfillment of one of our bank’s key promises – to invest in the community and the people that live here,” explained Cyn DeLee Dalton, “Seacoast is a community bank and supporting teachers and students is essential to building a brighter future for our community and leaders of tomorrow.”

The Seacoast promises are: 1) we promise to get you comfortable with the right products and the right team to serve you; 2) we promise to make your day-to-day banking simple; 3) we promise to resolve out-of-the-ordinary items responsively; and 4) we promise to invest in you and your community.

Seacoast’s commitment to Indian River County schools is an example of its promise to the community. In addition to sponsorships of academic, athletic and enrichment activities, employees sell tickets at home football games, volunteer at evening events, and conduct budget and work ethics classes for high school students. For teachers and staff they facilitate workshops and conduct credit and fraud prevention seminars. In 2010, Seacoast sponsored the “micro-society” bank at Imagine School and employees provided guidance, materials and presentations to the school’s students on how to run a bank.

“The opportunity to work with the teachers, staff and students this year has been rewarding for our employees,” continued Dalton. “We’ve been able to reach out and share our expertise, have fun and learn a lot from this experience.”

Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF). With over $2.0 billion in assets and 39 branches from Orlando to Palm Beach Gardens and south central Florida, it is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida. For more information please visit SeacoastNational.com.

 

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