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.
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.”