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Texans Can Academies graduates with Bill Schonacher (center), president and CEO of IBC. Scholarship recipients left to right: Katelynd Glenn, Osmar Benavente, Vanessa Ruby, Jackson Nzarubara, Tyeisha Howard, Josue Guzman, Kasey Santos and Judith Gonzalez.

International Bank of Commerce, known as IBC Bank, awarded eight deserving Dallas/Fort Worth-area Texans Can Academy students scholarships as part of the bank’s “We Do More” philosophy. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship at a reception last month, totaling $8,000 in scholarships awarded.

IBC Bank’s A.R. Sanchez, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding achievement and promise in academics, leadership and civic responsibility.  Scholarships are granted to students throughout Oklahoma and Texas who demonstrated a "Do More" attitude and leadership in student and community affairs throughout their years in high school. IBC Bank’s slogan “We Do More” reflects the bank’s dedication to the growth and success of the customers and the communities it has been serving since 1966.

“Texans Can Academies is thankful to IBC Bank and Bill Schonacher for recognizing our students that have shown great academic achievement,” said Richard Marquez, CEO of Texans Can Academies. “We are incredibly proud of the students receiving scholarships and continuing to further their education. Our goal for our graduating students is to provide the skills and options for a strong career path and higher education, and these eight students have demonstrated they are ready to take the next step after graduation. 

Scholarship award recipients include:

  • Osmar Benavente, Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue
  • Katelynd Glenn, Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Lancaster
  • Judith Gonzalez, Texans Can Academy - Carrollton/Farmers Branch
  • Josue Guzman, Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff
  • Tyeisha Howard, Texans Can Academy - Dallas Grant East
  • Jackson Nzarubara, Texans Can Academy - Fort Worth Westcreek
  • Vanessa Ruby, Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove
  • Kasey Santos, Texans Can Academy - Garland

Scholarships were presented by Bill Schonacher, president and CEO of IBC Oklahoma, and recently elected board member to the Board of Trustees of Texans Can Academies. Community leaders on the Board of Trustees offer their support and resources to help the schools in their mission of providing the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

“Supporting the educational goals of our local students through the A.R. Sanchez Memorial scholarship program is one of the many ways that we demonstrate our commitment to doing more for the communities we serve,” said Bill Schonacher, IBC Bank President and CEO. “These deserving high school seniors are the future business men and women of Texas and we are proud to assist them in their pursuit of higher education.” 

The scholarship reception was held at IBC Bank Plaza, the newest IBC facility in the Dallas area, located at 3800 Maple Avenue. IBC Bank’s full-service branch occupies the first floor of the building. Scholarship recipients and their families enjoyed a catered lunch in the new community suite on the seventh floor of the building, which recently opened for bank employees and community members to use for events.

Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 charter schools located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The dropout recovery and prevention schools offer students, aged 14 to 21, a second chance at earning their high school diploma instead of a General Education Development (GED). The organization upholds the mission to ensure students have all the skills and opportunities for a strong, sustainable career path and higher education. 

For more information about IBC Bank, please visit www.ibc.com. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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