COLUMBIA, Mo. – March 9, 2021 – Regions Bank and the University of Missouri on Tuesday announced a community partnership supporting The Vasey Academy, a program affiliated with the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. In addition to a $2,500 donation, bank associates will partner alongside Vasey Academy students to support mentorship and networking initiatives and participate in career exploration and financial education programming.
“The success of the Trulaske College of Business is built on our partnerships with members of the local and business communities, like Regions Bank,” Dean Ajay Vinzé said. “In supporting the college’s Vasey Academy, Regions Bank joins us in recognizing the importance of inclusion, diversity and equity efforts at Mizzou and in demonstrating our shared commitment to preparing students to enter the world of business.”
Established in 1997, Vasey Academy was created to provide talented, underrepresented minority students with access to a variety of academic and experiential opportunities to build a foundation for future career success. Students must be business majors with a 3.25 or higher grade point average to be considered for the program. Vasey Academy participants receive a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship and have access to additional program-specific scholarships.
“The Vasey Academy provides students with a valuable combination of classroom content and interactive experiential learning,” said Scott Hartwig, market executive for Regions Bank in Missouri. “More importantly, this program elevates access for students and empowers them to consider any and all possibilities for their future careers in business. Regions is proud to support the Vasey Academy in demonstrating our commitment to education with this donation and through the volunteerism of our team members.”
Since its founding, nearly 900 students have participated in the Vasey Academy. Vasey graduates typically earn almost a 10% higher starting salary as a result of their program participation.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $147 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 more than 1,300 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.
About the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business:
For more than a century, the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business has cultivated a foundation of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Its four academic departments – Accountancy, Finance, Management and Marketing – offer a rigorous curriculum enhanced with hands-on experience, allowing students to hone their skills and professionalism.