94 Scholarships Awarded to Synovus Team Members’ Children

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94 Scholarships Awarded to Synovus Team Members’ Children

Bill Douglas (left), Regional CEO at Athens First Bank and Trust, congratulates Robert Hardell, Commercial Banker, whose son received top honors as the Jack Parker Scholar. This award is given to the student with the highest score based on academic achievement and community participation.

Bill Douglas (left), Regional CEO at Athens First Bank and Trust, congratulates Robert Hardell, Commercial Banker, whose son received top honors as the Jack Parker Scholar. This award is given to the student with the highest score based on academic achievement and community participation.

Synovus, the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, recently announced its 2014 Jack Parker Scholarship recipients. This year, 94 scholarships totaling $114,000 were awarded to children of Synovus team members. This scholarship is designed to award college or vocational scholarships to students, who strive for high academic achievement, devote time to worth extra-curricular activities, and are involved in meaningful community service work.

 Dorothy Young, Personal Banker at Bank of North Georgia’s Canton Branch, wearing her Jack Parker pin, displays the bank division’s flier announcing a raffle for Atlanta Braves tickets.


Dorothy Young, Personal Banker at Bank of North Georgia’s Canton Branch, wearing her Jack Parker pin, displays the bank division’s flier announcing a raffle for Atlanta Braves tickets.

Synovus held the first ever Hot Dog Eating Contest during its “Picnic on the Lawn” to benefit the Jack Parker Scholarship Fund. The contestants, from left: Brandon Thomas, Business Systems Analyst, Risk Administration; Casey Oakes (Winner), Senior Operator, Remittance Processing; Andrew Jancsek, Teller, Columbus Bank and Trust;  and David Hughes, Business Systems Analyst, Risk Administration. Casey ate 10 hot dogs to win the Synovus Hot Dog Eating Contest Trophy and gift package.

Synovus held the first ever Hot Dog Eating Contest during its “Picnic on the Lawn” to benefit the Jack Parker Scholarship Fund. The contestants, from left: Brandon Thomas, Business Systems Analyst, Risk Administration; Casey Oakes (Winner), Senior Operator, Remittance Processing; Andrew Jancsek, Teller, Columbus Bank and Trust; and David Hughes, Business Systems Analyst, Risk Administration. Casey ate 10 hot dogs to win the Synovus Hot Dog Eating Contest Trophy and gift package.

Scholarship funds are generated each year through team member donations as well as and internal fundraising activities. Synovus team members find many creative ways to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. Some of the events held during the past few years, include: hosting a luncheon picnic featuring a Hot Dog Eating Contest; selling raffle tickets for chances to win tickets to sporting events, trips, whitewater rafting; and the chance to wear blue jeans every Friday for a month. In addition, Columbus Bank and Trust, a Synovus bank division, co-sponsors the CB&T/Synovus Open Golf Tournament to benefit the fund.

The scholarship program is named in honor of Jack B. Parker, whose career with the Synovus family of companies spanned 44 years. Jack’s enthusiastic attitude, keen sense of duty, and good heart were evident throughout his career. Since its inception in 1988, the foundation has awarded almost $2 million in scholarships.

Synovus is proud to support our team members’ children in achieving their educational goals. We are even more pleased to know that we made a recipient “proud that my Mom works for such a great company.”

Congratulations Synovus!