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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

Click here to download our Scholarship Application Form

To apply for any of our 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!

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2015



Learn and Earn

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: K12th

Students with winning report cards will receive $20 for every "A" grade, 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.

2014-2015 Entry Form & Deadlines


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