BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Regions Bank has announced the 2018 winners of the seventh-annual Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. The contest celebrates Black History Month by allowing high school seniors and college students who reside or attend college within Regions’ geographic footprint to submit an essay about how an African-American has been an inspiration in the applicant’s life.

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Winning essays can be found online at www.regions.com/ridingforward. (Photo: Business Wire)

This year’s 30 contest winners, selected from more than 7,300 entries, will divide more than $125,000 in scholarship funds. Winning high school seniors each receive $5,000, and winning college students each receive $3,500. One scholarship in each category is awarded in each of the 15 states served by Regions branches.

Winners of the 2018 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest are as follows (winner and essays can also be found at www.regions.com/ridingforward ):

High School Winners and University/College to be attended:

College Winners and their College/University:

“We are very proud of these students and delighted to help support their education,” said Michele Elrod, head of Regions Corporate Marketing. “Over the last seven years, we’ve received thousands of essays that remind us about the impact of those who came before us and the diversity that inspires students to make a difference in the community.”

“For Regions, education is a key to helping our customers achieve financial stability in the present and to inspiring the leaders of tomorrow through lessons of the past,” said Lajuana Bradford, head of Regions Corporate Social Responsibility. “The essay contest allows us a meaningful way to invest in our communities, to honor Black History Month, and make a difference in the lives of more than 210 students who’ve benefited from the scholarships since 2012.”

Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2012, $892,000 has already been awarded to students to further their educations. In 2018, entries were accepted between Jan. 15 and Feb. 28.

For official rules, complete entry details and eligibility requirements for the 2018 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, visit the contest website at  www.regions.com/ridingforward.

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $125 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

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