May 29, 2024

Lexington, Ky. (May 29, 2024) -- Forcht Bank has awarded three graduating high school seniors a scholarship of $5,000 as part of our Community Impact Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Jackson Utter, Chloe Simpson, and Sydnee Moore will each receive $5,000 to help further their education. 

Jackson Utter, of Grant County High School, plans to major in biology; Chloe Simpson, of Green County High School, plans to major in occupational therapy; and Sydnee Moore, of Corbin School of Innovation, plans to major in communication disorders. All three students plan to continue their education at Eastern Kentucky University. 

As the name describes, the focus of the scholarship is on the impact each student made on enhancing their community amid other responsibilities, like academic, sports, and employment. 

“The commitment of Forcht Bank to education reflects a deep understanding of our role in community development and prosperity. By investing in the educational endeavors of local students, the bank is not only fostering individual growth but also nurturing potential future leaders who will continue to drive positive change within their communities,” said Forcht Bank President and CEO Tucker Ballinger. “This dedication to education and community support is a testament to the bank's recognition of the long-term benefits that such investments can yield, both for the individuals involved and for the broader society.” 

This year, over 100 high school seniors applied with six students reaching the final stage for in-person panel interviews. 

The three students who reached the final stage for interviews but were not awarded the full Community Impact Scholarship were each given a $500 scholarship. 

Applicants were evaluated on various areas including GPA, two essays, honors and awards, employment and extracurricular activities, and community involvement and volunteering. Eligible students included any graduating high school senior that resided in a market/county that Forcht Bank serves and has a physical presence. 

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