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Student Success Grants for Teachers!

We are thankful for... children, family, friends, teachers, YOU!

Centinel Bank wants to promote teachers' efforts to encourage learning amongst their students and support teachers’ positive recognition programs for students’ accomplishments. If you are a teacher in Taos County and have a program, practice, or idea that will reward learning, good grades, or goal achievement in your classroom, tell us about it! Apply for a grant to have your student recognition program funded by Centinel Bank this school year.

Grant Application

Our grant cycle is currently closed. Check back in the fall 2018 for information on how to apply for a Student Success Grant!

Centinel Bank Scholarships

Centinel Bank scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors in Taos County. Our recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement, and commitment to excellence. As firm believers in giving back to our community and investing in youth, we started our Scholarship Program in the mid-1980s. Since then, the program has grown significantly and demonstrated our belief that investing in our youth is investing in the future of our communities.


Centinel Bank Scholarship Awards are typically granted to several students each year and total up to $2,000.


The Eliu Romero Entrepreneur Award is given in acknowledgement of our founder who demonstrated incredible perseverance and determination to start Centinel Bank.  This award is a four year award totaling up to $4,000.


The Treasure of Taos award is given to a student who has gone above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence, not just in academics, but in commitment to our community.  This award is a four year award totaling up to $4,000.


Our Presidential Award was created in honor of Angel Reyes who was promoted to President of Centinel Bank in 2003. The Presidential Scholarship is a four year award totaling up to $20,000.


Scholarship Application

To apply for a Centinel Bank scholarship, students must:

  • Submit and upload a personal video recording. Video must not exceed 3 minutes in length and should include a 30-second introduction with the remainder of time spent answering this question:

What ideas do you have on how you could use your education to make a difference for you and for others?

>>> Don't have a way to record or upload your video? Contact us to schedule an appointment at our Main Office!

  • Optional: Upload an optional writing sample.  This can be anything you wrote that you would like to share such as a previous school assignment, other scholarship essay, etc. (Max 2 pages)

  • All graduating seniors in Taos County are encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline: Monday, April 2nd 2018



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