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Angel Reyes, Centinel Bank's President and CEO with Teddie Zarasua, grant recipient, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Enos Garcia Elementary.

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Education Awards

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.

Over the past five years alone, Centinel Bank has awarded almost $200,000 to 45 students in Taos County. This year, we are adding another $40,000 in scholarship awards to help high school graduates pay for their college tuition and/or books.

This year we are granting two new awards. The first is a special “Gold Award” which we give in honor of our 50th Anniversary. Since March 1, 1969 Centinel Bank of Taos was founded here and remains focused here, dedicated to serving all the people, cultures, and languages of the Taos County community. Youth and education are the primary focus of Centinel Bank’s philanthropy.

The second scholarship is a “UNM-Taos Award” created specifically to help students who wish to stay close to home and attend Taos’ community college.  UNM-Taos is one of the newest and smallest of the UNM branches, yet in 2011 was ranked as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation for growth, and boast a sophisticated curriculum and highly qualified faculty, according to their website.

Centinel Bank of Taos is proud to announce the 2019 scholarship recipients:

UNM-Taos Awards:

  • Alyssa Vigil
  • Alexis Padilla

Centinel Bank Awards:

  • Martin Jaramillo
  • Justin Martinez
  • John Esquibel

Treasure of Taos Awards:

  • Michelle Salinas
  • Roah Khweis
  • Alicia Rael

Eliu. E. Romero Entrepreneur Award:

  • Brissa Chilton-Garcia

“Gold Awards” in honor of Centinel Bank’s 50 years serving Taos County:

  • Brandon Martinez
  • Ashley Martinez

Presidential Award:

  • Isaac Medina

Centinel Bank Scholarship Awards are typically granted to several students each year.


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. 


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.


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.

Student Success Grants for Teachers!

Our application is closed for 2018. Please check back in fall of 2019, when we hope to continue rewarding students and teachers. 

Thank you to all the teachers who took the time to apply for one of our 2018 Student Success Grants for Teachers. We wish all our Taos County teachers’ success and thank all of them for their hard work with our children and our schools. Unfortunately, we were unable to award everyone, but would like to thank all the teachers who took the time and effort to prepare and submit an application.

Congratulations to the following teachers who received 2018 funding.

This year we were able to award 21 grants to help teachers reward their students for achieving success at 13 schools in Taos County!

Andrea Martinez-Roybal – Taos Middle School
Connie Martinez – Alta Vista, Questa
Crispin Roaque – Taos Middle School
Emy Martinez-DeHerrera – Taos High School
Eva Behrens – Anansi Charter School
Florence Miera – Taos Municipal School
Gina Cerruto – Taos Charter School
Jamie I. Lucer-Martinez – Taos Academy Charter School
Jennifer Hardy – Enos Garcia Elementary
Julie Gray – Enos Garcia Elementary
Leslie Baker – Taos Municipal Charter School
Letricia Ortega – Ranchos Elementary Elementary
Linda Seto – Taos Integrated School of the Arts
Liz Gilroy – Arroyos Del Norte Elementary
Melissa Smith – Red River Valley Charter School 
Nola Miller Taos Day School at Taos Pueblo
Rae Lujan – Taos Municipal Schools - District wide Indian Education Program
Sally Greywolf – Taos Charter School
Teddie Zarasua – Enos Garcia Elementary
Ursula E. Salazar – Enos Garcia Elementary
Yvonne Trujillo – Taos Middle School

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

As our way of saying thank you to our students and teachers for their hard work and dedication to education, Centinel Bank is awarding grants to Taos County teachers who encourage their students success in creative and innovative ways.

We care about our students and encourage their success. We want to help teachers reward students for achieving it. More than ever it is important for our students to remember we’re here for them and support their efforts in positive and meaningful ways. Centinel Bank is dedicated to making Taos a better community to live, work, raise a family and call home. Our children are our future and as a community, we want to see them grow into strong leaders to develop and nurture our community further. 

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.

Community Impact:

Matthew Sandoval - Scholarship Recipient

 “I received the Treasure of Taos Award, from Centinel Bank of Taos in 2011. After I graduated from Peñasco Independent School District. I attended New Mexico Highlands University until I graduated in 2015. Receiving the scholarship over the course of four years helped me pay for tuition and books at New Mexico Highlands University. Thanks to the financial aid given by the bank I was able to graduate from Highlands with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry without any debt.” – Matthew Sandoval



Taylor Tomashot - Scholarship Recipient

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as one of the recipients of the Centinel Bank of Taos Award. Thank you for your generosity which has allowed me to attend New Mexico State University and purse a degree in Nursing.

Taylor Tomashot


Madison Tomashot - Scholarship Recipient

Dear Centinel Bank Scholarship Committee,

I am writing to thank you for your generous $1,000 scholarship. I was very happy and thankful to find out that I was selected as the recipient of your scholarship. I am currently majoring in communication disorders. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal.

By awarding me the Centinel Bank of Taos Award, you have lightened my financial burden. This will allow me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning.  One day I hope to be able to help others achieve their goals, just as you have helped me.


Madison Tomashot


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