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Iowa Students Receive 2014 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Award at Boys State Basketball Tournament

JOHNSTON, IOWA (March 17, 2014) - Four Iowa high school students received the 2014 Iowa Bankers Association's Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament on March 14-15 in Des Moines. One student from each class received a $1,000 scholarship from the Iowa Bankers Association to the college of his choice.

Scholarship recipients included:
* Class 1A: Derek Nash, Belmond-Klemme High School
* Class 2A: Ethan Meints, West Fork High School, Sheffield
* Class 3A: Christian Wright, Central Clinton High School, DeWitt
* Class 4A: Tyler Dunlavy, Bettendorf High School

Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement.

"Not only do these students excel on the field and in the classroom, but they also go above and beyond to serve their communities. They exemplify the core values so critical to our industry - honesty, hard work and community service. We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize these students for their strong character," said John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association. "Our industry is all about trust, and we need to demonstrate these values on a day-to-day basis. We feel it is important to help recognize others in our communities who serve as role models of strong character, like these student athletes, and to help them be successful in the long-term."

For more than two decades, the Iowa Bankers Association has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Awards program in partnership with the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The program includes awards to student athletes in basketball, wrestling and football. The Iowa Bankers Association has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships since the program began.


About the Iowa Bankers Association
The Iowa Bankers Association represents 345 Iowa banks and savings institutions. Iowa bankers are committed to the values of honesty, hard work and community service, and have been a trusted resource for Iowans for more than 100 years. Iowa banks offer FDIC insurance and lend more than $45.7 billion to help individuals, business owners and agriculture. More than 14,000 Iowans work at an Iowa bank, and Iowa banks donate more than $28 million and 800,000 volunteer hours to support local communities each year. To learn more, visit

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