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Farmers-Merchants National Bank Scholarship

FMNB Scholarship InformationOne of the Sponsored Scholarships administered by the PBL Education Foundation is an annual $8,000 scholarship provided by the Farmers-Merchants National Bank of Paxton and Melvin, Illinois.

Scholarship Information

The Farmers-Merchants National Bank, with offices in Paxton and Melvin, has provided financial services to the area since 1914. In keeping with its tradition of community service and commitment to the education of future civic and business leaders, the Farmers-Merchants National Bank of Paxton established an educational scholarship. This scholarship was first established for the 1999-2000 school year.

The intent of the award is to assist a graduating high school senior living within the Paxton-Buckley-Loda and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school districts to continue his/her education beyond high school at a university, college, or trade/vocational school. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Education Foundation administers the application and selection process for the award of one $8,000 scholarship, which consists of up to four $2,000 annual award payments made to the institution of higher education where the student is enrolled. To be eligible, an applicant must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average based on a 4.0 system through the seventh semester of high school. Applicants are evaluated on three criteria: academic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community activities, and a written essay.

Applications are available at GCMS and PBL High School guidance offices and at the Farmers-Merchants National Bank branches in Paxton and Melvin. Scholarship information and Application forms are also available through the following link:

FMNB Scholarship Information and 2017 Application

Applications for the 2016-17 school year must be submitted through the website or mailed directly to the following address and must have a postmark dated no later than February 17, 2017

PBL Education Foundation
Farmers-Merchants Scholarship
P.O. Box 192
Paxton, IL 60957

Any application not postmarked by February 17, 2017, will be ineligible for consideration for the scholarship. For more information concerning this scholarship, please contact pbl@pblfoundation.org

Past Winners
2017 FMNB Scholarship Recipient:  Caleb Pulley
Caleb Pulley, son of  Brian and Ginny Pulley of Gibson City  was recently named the Farmers-Merchants National Bank  scholarship winner for 2017.  The award was presented by Nicholas Ruetter of FMNB. Pulley, a student of the year [more]
2016: Corbin Riecks, PBL 2015: Jonah Wilson, PBL 2014: Garrett Waterstradt, PBL 2013: Chet McClure, GCMS 2012: Ian Lee, PBL 2011: Samantha Tone, GCMS 2010: Tom Pacey, PBL 2009: Tara Frichtl, PBL 2008: Lauren Heap, GCMS 2007: Todd Epps, GCMS 2006: Mark Frichtl, PBL 2005: Jessie [more]

Our Mission is to acquire and distribute resources for enhancing or supplementing the educational programs for all learners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit #10 School District located in Paxton, Illinois