Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship is awarded each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them.
Regions Bank awards 32 scholarships each year, two in each region where the bank has branches. One scholarship each goes to a high school student planning to attend college, and one scholarship each goes to a current college students. The contest is offered each year during Black History Month to remind students of the important contributions made by African-Americans.
Students must write an essay in their own words that describes an African-American that has helped to motivate them to do their best and become an achiever. Essays must be limited to 500 words. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.0 or above to enter.
The scholarship is offered by Regions Financial Corporation, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of the country's largest banks that provide both consumer and business banking services and insurance. The organization is located in 16 states in the South, Midwest and in the state of Texas.
The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $5,000.