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Education Awards


2021 Centinel Bank Scholarships


Centinel Bank Scholarship Awards are typically granted to several, high school, senior students in Taos County each year. 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 $220,000 to 59 students in Taos County to help them pay for their college tuition and/or books. 

Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients!


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.

2021 recipient - Abdul Khweis


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. 

2021 recipient - Katharine Pacheco


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.

2021 recipient - Ella Green 


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

2021 recipients:

  • Richard Nichols
  • Abbie Cardenas
  • Max Meadowcroft
  • Mikayla Martinez

This award began in 2018 as a way to honor students attending higher education through vocational and/or technical training. 

2021 Recipient - Jordan Montoya


Rewarding those who want to stay close to home. 

2021 Recipient - Karen Rodriguez


2021 Recipient - Israel Barreto

All graduating seniors in Taos County are encouraged to apply for a Centinel Bank scholarship. 

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 5, 2021 

*Students who apply before March 15th can participate in one of our financial fitness workshops. The workshops will teach students core concepts of money management. Participation is optional but provides students with a chance to win a $500 scholarship and teaches lifelong skills that can help them be more financially successful.  Plus, it gives us a chance to meet and get to know them better!

Our 2021 Scholarship Application is Closed.   

Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. 

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 - 2018 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 - 2018 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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