TBK Scholars


At TBK Bank, we know the value of education. We also know the value in helping train future leaders in the communities we serve. That’s why we’ve created the TBK Scholars Program: a $1,000 scholarship for fifteen hardworking students who qualify as low to moderate income, in keeping with standards set forth by the Community Reinvestment Act. We encourage any student living in a community served by TBK Bank and demonstrating financial need to apply.


Eligible students have the opportunity to complete and submit their applications beginning Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, and ending at the close of business on Friday, March 31st, 2023. Applications must be submitted in their entirety by either emailing it to scholarship@tbkbank.com or bringing it at any TBK Bank branch before the March 31st deadline. Program applicants do not need to be registered account holders with TBK Bank, SSB.


Each applicant must:

  • Be a high school senior on track to graduate in the Spring of 2023
  • Be a current resident in one of the following counties:
    • Colorado: Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Crowley, Denver, El Paso, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo, Washington, Weld, Yuma
    • Illinois: Carroll, Fulton, Henry, Kane, Mason, Rock Island, Whiteside
    • Iowa: Scott County
    • Kansas: Greeley, Morton
    • New Mexico: Bernalillo, Cibola
    • Texas: Dallas
  • Be entering an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2023.
  • Be able to provide a college acceptance document from an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Provide a high school transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by family income level
  • Submit a brief essay (not to exceed 750 words) answering the prompt: ‘How I will use my college education to make a difference in my community.’
  • Submit the completed Application form in its entirety

* Employees, officers, and directors of Triumph Bancorp and their affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, and respective immediate families (spouse, children, parents, siblings, step-family members, and in-laws) are not eligible to apply for the TBK Scholars scholarship.

* Reminder: Applicants must live in a state and county where TBK Bank has a branch to be eligible for the scholarship.


Completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by one of three distinct committees comprised of TBK Bank team members. Each committee will review applications submitted from a geographic region in which they do not live or work. This process of having three distinct committees will help to ensure that applicants are selected objectively, fairly, and without bias.

Fifteen applications will be selected based on GPA, school involvement, extracurricular activities, work experience, and their answer to the essay prompt.

Selected recipients will be notified in April after the Committees have made their decisions.


Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States where the student has been accepted on the students’ behalf to be used toward tuition. Under no circumstances will the scholarship funds be paid directly to the student.

Funds will be applied to fall tuition dues unless otherwise requested by the recipient. The scholarship funds must be used in the 2023-2024 school year and will only be applied to tuition.

Use of the scholarship cannot be postponed. If the scholarship recipient is unable to attend school in the fall semester immediately following high school graduation, the scholarship funds will be forfeited and awarded to the next qualified recipient.

In the event that a scholarship recipient receives a full-ride scholarship from another source, any award from TBK Bank will be forfeited.


TBK Bank reserves the right in its sole discretion to terminate or suspend the TBK Scholars Program at any time and for any reason and to change any or all of the rules regarding the grant or use of any scholarships.

Your essay must be nonfiction and between 500 and 750 words. Your essay must be a wholly original work. All copyrighted materials must be properly cited/attributed. Use footnotes to attribute all quotations or copyrighted material used in your essay. Footnotes will not be included in the word count. Entries that fail to attribute materials used in the essay will be disqualified.

If you have any questions about the scholarship or about accepted forms of income verification, please email scholarship@tbkbank.com.

Ready to Apply?

Select the State and County in which you reside using the menus below to determine eligibility. If you live in an eligible county and your family income is considered low-to-moderate income, a download button will appear for you to access the application.

Family Income

To be eligible for this scholarship, your family income must be at or below .

Family Income is defined by the combined income of all members of a family that are age 15 or older. ‘Family’ is determined by persons living in a household related by birth, marriage, or adoption.