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Friday, May 18, 2018
LAREDO, Texas (May 18, 2018) - IBC Bank-Laredo and Commerce Bank continue their support of higher education by awarding area students with the A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship as they venture into college and start a new chapter of their lives. Scholarships are granted to students who demonstrated a "Do More" attitude and leadership in student and community affairs throughout their years in high school.
An event was held at IBC Bank and Commerce Bank where $33,000 in scholarships were handed out to deserving students from 11 high schools.
"The students who were selected to receive the scholarship award are examples of IBC Bank's ‘We Do More' philosophy," said IBC Bank Vice President of corporate marketing Margarita Flores. "We are extremely honored to assist in the pursuit of their higher education goals."
Born into a humble family, Antonio R. Sanchez, Sr., the namesake of the scholarship award and the founder of IBC Bank, was a strong supporter of making higher education available to those interested in bettering their lives. Sanchez's commitment to the power of learning lives on in the A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Award, which is bestowed annually on deserving high school seniors in South Texas and Oklahoma.
"It gives me great joy to see the expression on the faces of the students and their parents as we hand them a check for $1,000, which they will use to defray the costs of going to college," said Ignacio Urrabazo, president and CEO of Commerce Bank. "We love giving back to our community and know the awards are appreciated."
Scholarship award recipients include:
IBC Bank-Laredo
•Jazmine O. Cardenas, J.W. Nixon High School
•Sarah Sanchez, J.W. Nixon High School
•Sandra L. Martinez, R&T Martin High School
•Maria Rivera, R&T Martin High School
•Chelsea Itzel Villarreal, L.G. Cigarroa High School
•Leonardo D. Escamilla-Cavazos, L.G. Cigarroa High School
•Astrid Gonzalez, L.B. Johnson High School
•Jose Luis Perez, Jr., L.B. Johnson High School
•Carlo J. Byrd, J.B. Alexander High School
•Ruben Martinez, J.B. Alexander High School
•Venessa Ramirez, United High School
•Ashley Cantu, United High School
•Magaly Portillo, United South High School
•Alberto Lucas, Jr., United South High School
•Amberly Torres, St. Augustine High School
•Manuel Hector Gonzalez, St. Augustine High School
•Klarissa Ivett Villa, Harmony Academy
•Marco Antonio Estrada, Harmony Academy
•Anahi Navarro, Gateway Sierra Vista
•Venessa Ramirez, Gateway Sierra Vista
•Samantha Campos, Garcia Early College
•Ashley Vasquez, Garcia Early College
Commerce Bank
•Kassandra Alexyss Gutierrez, Cigarroa High School
•Elsa R. Sosa, Martin High School
•Joanna Aguilera, J.W. Nixon High School
•Samantha Gonzalez, J.B. Alexander High School
•Stephanie Cruz, LBJ High School
•Victoria Servin, Early College High School
•Juan Llano, United High School
•Adlu Zoeth, United South High School
•Manuel Hector Gonzalez, St. Augustine High School
•Angela Martinez, Gateway Academy Sierra Vista
•Ahmet Cetin, Harmony Science Academy
IBC Bank and Commerce Bank are divisions of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 188 facilities and more than 291 ATMs serving 90 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2016, IBC celebrated its 50th anniversary since opening its doors for business in 1966. IBC Bank's slogan "We Do More" reflects the bank's dedication to the growth and success of both the customers and the communities it serves. International Bancshares was ranked 19th on Forbes' prestigious list of 100 Best Banks in America in 2018. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. Visit us on our YouTube channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. More information is available at ibc.com.