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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


2021 Centinel Bank Scholarships

Our 2021 scholarship application is now available. 

All graduating seniors in Taos County are encouraged to apply. 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 


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. 


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. 

2020 recipient - Taylor Miller


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.

2020 recipients: 

  • Robert Louis Trujillo
  • Angelo Flores
  • John Lachlan Henderson
  • Cooper LeDoux

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

2020 recipients:

  • Joshua Martinez
  • Isabelle Rael
  • Cassandra Ruiz
  • Cameron Gonzales

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.

2020 recipient - Aaron Martinez


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

2020 Recipient - Dominic Montano


Rewarding those who want to stay close to home. 

2020 Recipient - Isaiah Suazo


2020 Recipient Amiree Olivas

Student Success Grants for Teachers!

The online application is closed for 2019. 

Thank you to all the teachers who took the time to apply for one of our 2019 Student Success Grants for Teachers. We wish all our Taos County teachers’ success and thank them for the extraordinary things they do with our students every day. The grant application process is competitive 

and each year we do our best to support as many applicants from as many different schools in Taos County as possible. 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 will receive 2019 funding through our Centinel Bank Student Success Grant for Teachers Program. This year we were able to award 15 grants to help teachers reward their students for achieving success at eight schools in Taos County, as well as two teachers who service the entire Taos Municipal School District!

Connie D Martinez - Alta Vista, Questa
Emily Kreissler - Anansi Charter School
Liz Gilroy - Arroyos del Norte Elementary
Kathryn Cardenas - Arroyos Del Norte Elementary
Teddie Zarasua - Enos Garcia Elementary
Joella Apodaca - Enos Garcia Elementary
Elizabeth Kinney - Taos Charter School
Jamie Lucero-Martinez - Taos Academy Charter School
Gina Cerruto - Taos Charter School
David Gilroy - Taos High School
Emy DeHerrera - Taos High School
Amanda Martinez - Taos Middle School
Crispin Roaque - Taos Middle School
Florence Miera - Taos Municipal Schools District-wide
Rae Lujan - Taos Municipal Schools District-wide
Jacqueline Graham - Taos Middle School
Happy Carmona - Taos High School


We Are Thankful For... Children, Family, Friends, Teachers, Community…YOU! We know that teachers are doing extraordinary things. We want to hear about them, and support teachers in their efforts to encourage student success. For the 5th consecutive year we are awarding Student Success Grants for Teachers. Any K-12 teacher in Taos County who has a program, practice, or idea that will reward (core curriculum) learning, good grades, or goal achievement in the classroom is encouraged to apply for a grant up to $400. Centinel Bank is dedicated to making Taos a better comm

unity to live, work, raise a family and call home. Our children are our future, and we want to help them grow into strong leaders to develop and nurture our community further.

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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