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First Bank & Trust Company endows scholarship at UVa-Wise

First Bank & Trust Company, a strong supporter of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has provided the College with $25,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund to help qualified students pursue a college education.

UVa-Wise's Rusty Neccessary and Tami Ely with First Bank's Cory Dotson

Rusty Neccessary and Tami Ely with First Bank's Cory Dotson

“We deeply appreciate First Bank & Trust Company’s staunch support for UVa-Wise and our students,” said Tami Ely, vice chancellor for development and college relations. “Whether it be scholarship support, funding for our Alumni Association, or contributions to our athletics program, First Bank & Trust Company is a vital partner with our College.”

First Bank and Trust’s generous gift will ensure that qualified students have the financial means necessary to work toward a college degree, Ely added.

“First Bank & Trust Company values the relationship of belonging to a community,” said Cory Dotson vice president of the Wise and Norton offices. “This donation demonstrates our commitment to education, and provides a way to say thanks to the customers and friends who have been largely responsible for our support and growth in the Wise County and surrounding area.”

About First Bank & Trust

First Bank & Trust Company, one of the top community banks in the United States, is a diversified financial services firm with office locations in southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee, and New River and Shenandoah Valleys. Financial objectives are addressed by offering free checking products for personal and business accounts, and assessing lending solutions managed by mortgage, agricultural and commercial lending divisions. Comprehensive financial solutions are available through trust and brokerage service representatives.

About UVa-Wise

As the only four-year, state-supported institution of higher education in Southwest Virginia, UVa-Wise has been selected for inclusion in “Colleges of Distinction,” which recognizes institutions for engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.  UVa-Wise is also one of 26 member colleges and universities in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which represents a distinguished sector in higher education. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise offers 30 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs, 24 teaching licensures and is home to Virginia’s only undergraduate degree program in software engineering.