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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.  Over the past five years alone, we have awarded $200,000 in scholarship awards to students in Taos County. In 2013, we added another 30,000 in local scholarships!


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

Click Here to download our 2014 Scholarship Application

To apply for any of the Centinel Bank Scholarships please complete our application form. Along with the application form, students must also submit:

  1. High school transcript
  2. Resume
  3. Short essay

All high school seniors in Taos County are eligible to apply!  

Our Scholarship Application deadline is: Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Learn and Earn

Click Here to download our Learn & Earn Entry Form

At Centinel Bank, we are firm believers in giving back to our community and investing in our youth. We want to reward your child for getting good grades and teach them about saving money to continue their education.

 Each quarter during the school year, we randomly draw five report cards from different grade categories to reward:

K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, 11th-12th

Students with winning report cards will receive $20 for every "A" for up to five main subjects. That means your child could earn $100 for a straight-A report card! Reward money will be credited to a Centinel Bank Education CD to help students save money for their future education. 

In addition to rewarding students for their good grades, we want to thank teachers for the hard work that they do for our students. We recognize the amount of work that teachers take on, both in and out of the classroom. For each student selected, we ask the student to name one teacher for us to thank with a $100 donation. The money is intended to be an added resource to teachers in the classroom and a way for us to touch even more students.

To enter the Learn and Earn drawing, students should bring a copy of their school report card with an entry form into any Centinel Bank branch before each quarter deadline. 

2013-2014 Entry Deadlines:

1st 9-week period: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2nd 9-week period: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

3rd 9-week period: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4th 9-week period: Wednesday, June 11, 2014


 Banking on Books

Banking on Books is Centinel Bank’s new summer reading program. Studies have proven that even 20 minutes of reading each day will help you grow and develop in a multitude of ways.  To promote and reward regular reading habits, we’ve created this reading program to keep kids reading this summer. Students are given a goal for regular reading through the summer and are asked to track their reading for a chance to win Bookworm Bucks and to enter their school for a chance to win $1000 to be used toward the school’s reading programs, books, or other related programming.  Check out our program details for next summer's program in May 2014.


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