First County Bank recently announced this year’s recipients of the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships. 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 scholarships to three deserving students and is designed to recognize and encourage young people who are honest, hard-working, helpful and fair. Each year, the foundation accepts student applications from the beginning of the year until the end of April; the recipients are notified in May. The award is named after Richard E. Taber who retired as chairman and CEO of First County Bank in March 2011. It is in recognition of Taber’s 40-plus-year career at the bank and innumerable contributions to the community.
Each of the following students were chosen to receive a $5,000 Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship: Katherine Tracey of Greenwich attends Greenwich High School and will attend University of Notre Dame majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral studies; Luis Quesada of Norwalk attends Academy of Information Technology and Engineering and will attend Norwalk Community College studying general engineering courses; Hayley Smith of Stamford attends Westhill High School and will attend Eckerd College majoring in psychology.
Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship recipients for 2017 are Hayley Smith of Westhill High School, Luis Quesada of AITE and Katherine Tracey of Greenwich High School with Richard E. Taber, retired president of First County Bank Foundation and retired chairman & CEO of First County Bank, Karen M. Kelly, vice president of First County Bank Foundation and senior vice president & CMO of First County Bank and Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Foundation and chairman & CEO of First County Bank.
“We are amazed at the caliber of graduating high school seniors applying for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award. These students exemplify good citizenship and service to our local communities,” said Rey Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the foundation. “We are excited to present scholarships to these amazing students, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with hearts for service.”
Richard Taber, a member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, “I am very proud to have my name associated with three such community-minded and talented young adults. With the level of success they have already achieved, I’m certain they will have a successful future.”