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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 and demonstrated our belief that investing in our youth is investing in the future of our communities. Over the past five years alone, we have awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarship awards to students in Taos County.


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

Complete our scholarship application to be considered for any of our Centinel Bank scholarships. In addition to the application form, students must also submit the following:

  • High school transcript
  • Resume
  • Short essay

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

Our 2016 scholarship application will be available for download in February 2016.


Centinel Bank Student Success Grants

Supporting learning and student-earned recognition…

For the past six years of our "Learn & Earn" program, we've awarded funds for "A" grades to students selected in our quarterly report card drawing as well as awarded funds to their teachers to be used as an added resource for their classroom. Through our “Learn & Earn” program, we've aimed to encourage good grades for students and teach them about saving money for their future education. This school year, we're evolving our program by taking the concept directly to the teachers in our community. We want to promote teachers' efforts to encourage learning amongst their students and support teachers’ positive recognition programs for students’ accomplishments.

If you are a teacher (K-12th grade) in Taos County and have a rewards program, practice, or idea that will promote 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. The application process is simple and grant decisions will be made quickly! Apply before September 21st to be considered.

Apply today! Click here to access our online Student Success Grant Application Form

Application Details:

  • Applicant must be a K-12th grade teacher in Taos County
  • A maximum of $500 will be considered per teacher for the school year
  • Grant funds are intended to be used for student rewards and are not to be used for purchase of classroom supplies or equipment
  • Deadline to apply is September 21, 2015


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