As part of its mission to prepare the next generation of community bank leaders, the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) and state bankers associations partner to fund scholarships annually. As the school prepares for its 73rd Annual School Session, scheduled for July 14-26, 2024, GSBC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following scholarship recipients:

Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

GSBC funds up to 10 scholarships per year in the name of its Alumni Association. The 2024 Alumni Association Scholarship recipients include:

  • Laura Burford, West Gate Bank (Lincoln, NE)
  • Amy Burke, Hometown Bank of Corbin, Inc. (Corbin, KY)
  • Roger Corral, Western Bank (Lubbock, TX)
  • Jeff Dewey, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Ashland (Ashland, NE)
  • Shelbie Fitch, The Stock Exchange Bank (Caldwell, KS)
  • Tyler Freeburg, Oklahoma Bank and Trust Company (Clinton, OK)
  • Alex Keithley, F&M Bank (Falls City, NE)
  • Todd Kraus, Sandhills State Bank (Grant, NE)
  • Fernando Lopez, Independent Financial (McKinney, TX)
  • Scott McBride, Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust (Colorado Springs, CO)

Intermediate School Scholarship Recipients

Intermediate School Scholarships are awarded to those who recently graduated from their respective states’ intermediate-level banking school, and exhibited outstanding academic performance while in the program. Recipients are chosen by intermediate school administrators. The 2024 Intermediate School Scholarship recipients include:

Bolder Banking Scholarship Recipient Banks

Founded in 2023, the Bolder Banking Scholarship affords GSBC’s 15 partnering bankers associations the opportunity to recognize and reward their member banks displaying innovative approaches to banking. GSBC funds a scholarship for a rising star within the recipient bank to use toward tuition at GSBC. 2024 Bolder Banking Scholarship recipient banks include:

Other Awards

Independent Community Bankers of Colorado Scholarship

The Independent Community Bankers of Colorado (ICBC) awards $2,000 scholarships to four rising third-year students from ICBC member banks who have displayed stellar academic performance in their first two years at GSBC. The 2024 ICBC Scholarship recipients include:

  • Rusty NeeshamYampa Valley Bank (Steamboat Springs)
  • Alexander PriceCitizens State Bank (Ouray)
  • Abby Tardiff, ANB Bank (Castle Rock)
  • Kyle VanbrunschotAlpine Bank (Durango)

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Scholarship

Each year, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) awards a scholarship worth one-third of the GSBC tuition to an incoming first-year student. The 2024 CSBS Scholarship has been awarded to:

  • Timothy LevernierCalifornia Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (Sacramento, CA)


More information on GSBC’s scholarship opportunities can be found here.