Regions Bank helping students turn inspiration into education with this essay contest

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Who inspires you? Who motivates you to reach higher and achieve your dreams? If you’re a high school senior or a college student, you can turn your inspiration into education. Regions Bank is awarding scholarships for top essays that highlight inspirational African-Americans.

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Essays can focus on national figures, local leaders or a lesser-known member of your community.

Now in its seventh year, the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest has awarded more than $764,000 to students who have written moving, powerful essays about inspirational African-Americans.

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The contest is open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

Your Inspiration Could Help Pay For College

Scholarships are granted in the amounts of $5,000 for high school winners and $3,500 for college winners. Essays should be 500 words.

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Applications will be accepted from students who live or attend college in any of the 15 states throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Texas, where Regions Bank has branch offices. Submission forms are due by Feb. 28.  You can apply here.

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Last year Tiara D., from Alabama, was one of 30 students awarded scholarship money from Regions. She wrote about the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson. Here’s an excerpt from her winning essay (Very inspiring! Take note!)

“Using the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson has been able to secure justice for 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row. The struggle for freedom for one of his most notable clients, Walter “Johnny Dee” McMillan, is outlined in his award-winning book, ‘Just Mercy’.”

You can read the rest  of her essay here .

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“After this year’s winners are selected, more than 200 high school and college students will have benefited from the Regions Riding Forward Essay Contest,” said Michele Elrod, head of Regions Corporate Marketing.

“We’re proud to continue supporting these young scholars and providing an opportunity for them to embrace their own legacies.”

Winners will be announced this summer. More information and complete rules can be found here.

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