Bank helps launch futures

By Raquel Henry

International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank) awarded eight deserving Dallas/Fort Worth-area Texans Can Academy students scholarships as part of the bank’s “We Do More” philosophy. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship at a reception on June 14, 2019, totaling $8,000 in scholarships awarded.

Texans Can Academy’s graduates with Bill Schonacher (center), president and CEO of IBC. Scholarship recipients, from left to right, are: Katelynd Glenn, Osmar Benavente, Vanessa Ruby, Jackson Nzarubara, Tyeisha Howard, Josue Guzman, Kasey Santos and Judith Gonzalez.
Photo courtesy of Texans Can Academy

IBC Bank’s A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding achievement and promise in academics, leadership and civic responsibility. Scholarships are granted to students throughout Oklahoma and Texas who demonstrated a “Do More” attitude and leadership in student and community affairs throughout their years in high school. IBC Bank’s slogan “We Do More” reflects the bank’s dedication to the growth and success of the customers and the communities it has been serving since 1966. 

“Texans Can Academies is thankful to IBC Bank and Bill Schonacher for recognizing our students that have shown great academic achievement,” said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academy. 

“We are incredibly proud of the students receiving scholarships and continuing to further their education. Our goal for our graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education, and these eight students have demonstrated they are ready to take the next step after graduation.”

Scholarships were presented by Bill Schonacher, president and CEO of IBC Oklahoma, and recently elected board member to the Board of Trustees of Texans Can Academies. 

Community leaders on the Board of Trustees offer their support and resources to help the schools in their mission of providing the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

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