Sheffield, Ala. – Friday, October 18, 2019 –Six University of North Alabama students were recognized by representatives from Bank Independent and UNA on October 15 as the 2019 recipients of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarship.
Undergraduate students Katlyn Barnes, and first-time recipients, Ashton Pitt, Madison Hall, and Rebecca Kellum, and graduate students Fabian Cortez, and first-time recipient, Hannah Baggett were honored with the scholarship.
Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin congratulated the students on their achievements, explaining that his father, the late Edward F. Mauldin, never graduated from college, but was a lifelong learner who deeply appreciated the value of the college experience. Mauldin added that his father believed that any exposure to college was better than none at all.
“Bank Independent’s mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and you have the support of all 618 of our team members,” said Mauldin. “Our challenge to you today is to pay this forward. Remember what has been done for you and pass that kindness along to others.”
UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts reflected on how this opportunity impacts the students. "This scholarship is the difference for many of these students in being able to realize their dreams. UNA is grateful to Bank Independent for making it possible for these first-generation college students to continue their education."
About Bank Independent
Since 1947, Bank Independent has taken pride in serving the customers who count on us to be there for them when they need us most. With 28 traditional Sales Offices across North Alabama and one Digital Sales Office, we’re committed to providing the best service, designing the most desired products and creating an overall excellent experience for each and every customer. As a local community bank, we believe in building relationships that run deep and last. All of our employees reside in our local communities and believe in giving back through volunteering. To become part of a bank that makes a positive difference in people’s lives, visit us at bibank.com.
About University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/
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l-r: Dr. Ken Kitts, Ashton Pitt, Madison Hall, and Rebecca Kellum, Fabian Cortez, Hannah Baggett, Macke Mauldin
Photo credit Matthew Fisackerly