IBC Bank-McAllen Awards $24,000 in College Scholarships to Local Students Who ‘Do More’ for Their Community

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A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship awarded to 24 high school seniors who demonstrated leadership in community service 

Group photo of the recipients of a scholarship award. Adrian Villarreal, President and CEO of IBC Bank McAllen region was present during the ceremony. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
Group photo of the recipients of a scholarship award. Adrian Villarreal, President and CEO of IBC Bank McAllen region was present during the ceremony. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

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McAllen, Texas – This month, IBC Bank awarded $153,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors across Texas and Oklahoma in honor of Antonio R. Sanchez, Sr., founder of IBC Bank. Born into a humble family, Sanchez was a strong supporter of making higher education available to students interested in bettering their lives. 

IBC Bank-McAllen was proud to award $24,000 in scholarships to deserving students from 24 area high schools. The need-based scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to IBC’s “Do More” philosophy.

“The annual presentation of the A.R. Sanchez scholarships is an event I always look forward to,” said IBC Bank-McAllen President and CEO Adrian Villarreal. “Our team does so much for the community year-round, but knowing that we’re helping these students get one step closer to college is one of the most rewarding feelings.”  

IBC Bank began the A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program more than two decades ago. Since then over $2 million in scholarships have been awarded to students across South Texas and Oklahoma.

 “The recipients of our A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial scholarships are chosen for their dedication to volunteerism and community service,” explains IBC Bank Chairman & CEO Dennis E. Nixon. “These civic-minded young people represent our future, and IBC Bank is honored to play a part in alleviating some of their financial burden in their pursuit of higher education.”

IBC Bank-McAllen 2019 scholarship award recipients include: 

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Raul Narciso                                       Achieve Early College High School

Mirza Lee Carvajal                             Edinburg North High School

Alyssa J. Salinas                                 Edinburg High School

Karen Rivera                                       Hidalgo High School

Amy Hernandez Garza                       Johnny G. Economedes High School

Aylin Irachetu                                     Juarez-Lincoln High School

Monica Rodriguez                              La Joya High School

Daniel Gonzalez-Franco                     Lamar Academy

Gabriel Torres                                     McAllen High School

Jose Rodrigo Uresti                            McAllen Memorial High School

Emily Barragan                                   Mission High School

Samantha C. Wolter                           Mission Veterans High School

Bianca Nitza Canales                         Nikki Rowe High School

Lizbeth Jacqueline Nolan                   Palmview High School

Vivian Vela                                         PSJA High School

Karyanna De Los Santos                    PSJA Memorial High School

Stephanie Luna                                   PSJA North High School

Alain Gutierrez                                   PSJA SW Early College High School

Eduardo Velador                                 Robert Vela High School

Kennet Shahin                                    Sharyland High School

Zeta Mills                                           Sharyland Pioneer High School

Darinka Ham                                      Valley View High School

David Magana                                    Weslaco East High School

Dariana Jimenez                                 Weslaco High School

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