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First County Bank Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Applications Now Online

The 2013 First County Bank Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award application is now available online.  This annual award honors high school students living in lower Fairfield County who consistently demonstrate good citizenship at school, at home and in the community.  The program awards $5,000 scholarships to three deserving students and is designed to recognize and encourage students that exhibit leadership and caring for the community in which we live. Through this award, the First County Bank Foundation seeks to reward promising young students and to build good community-minded citizens for the future.   The foundation will be accepting student applications now through May 31.

“As a community bank and nonprofit foundation, First County Bank recognizes its role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank.  “With the economy continuing to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, it is critical that we and other organizations continue to offer scholarships to deserving high school seniors.”

The scholarship is named after Richard E. Taber, retired chairman and CEO of First County Bank, in recognition of Taber’s 40-year career at the bank and his innumerable contributions to the community.

“The award will serve to ensure that the legacy of community involvement, so demonstrated by the award’s namesake, will be commemorated annually,” Giallongo added.

Candidate Criteria

The recipient of this award must be a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited two- or four-year college or university.  The recipient will be selected without regard to race, sex, religion or creed.  Each candidate must:

  • Be a current resident of Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan or Westport
  • Hold a “B” average or higher during their junior and senior years in high school and be able to provide an admission acceptance document from a two- or four-year college or university
  • Be involved in the community
  • Provide reference letters from three individuals not related to the candidate:
    • Current or former employer
    • High school teacher or counselor
    • Community leader/ volunteer program counselor
  • Provide an official high school transcript
  • Complete a brief essay (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing how the candidate best fits into the definition of “C.L.A.S.S.” (see below)
  • Complete the online application, available at
  • Employees and directors of First County Bank and their affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies and their respective immediate families (spouse, children, parents and in-laws) are not eligible to apply for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award


Applicants will be judged by the following characteristics:

  1. Citizenship – The student must be regarded as dependable and demonstrate respect for people, property and the law.  The student is also courteous, helpful and caring in their relationships with other students, teachers, coaches and adults.
  2. Leadership – The student demonstrates an ability to work with and motivate others, has sound values, good judgment, sense of fairness and has earned the respect of their peers.
  3. Academics – The student continually strives to the limits of their abilities, both in the classroom and at home, to achieve those personal academic goals that their parents and teachers believe are within reach of the student.  This in no way implies that the candidate must be academically superior.
  4. Service – The student readily and unselfishly helps others at home, at school and in their community to a degree that is judged exceptional for a person of the candidate’s age.
  5. Sportsmanship – The student demonstrates an earnest attempt to do their best during athletic or group competitions, shows a respect for the rules of that competition, and in terms of priorities, places the success of the team above a need for personal advancement.  This does not imply that the student must be an outstanding athlete.


First County Bank Foundation officers will review the applications and make a recommendation to the foundation’s board of directors who will select the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award recipients.  The winning candidates will be notified by June 30.

Each winner will receive a personalized certificate or plaque honoring the recipient; a check for $5,000 will be sent directly to the school of choice; a congratulatory advertisement will appear in the local newspaper, including a photo; and winners will be prominently displayed with a photo on the bank’s Web site.


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