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The application program will be available again in 2023. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the 2023-2024 academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!

Citizens Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

Citizens Bank N.A. (“Citizens”) has established the Citizens Scholars program to assist colleagues’ dependent children (23 years of age and under) currently enrolled, or high school seniors planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational / technical school. This program has annually awarded up to 12 renewable $3,000 scholarships. We are pleased to continue this valued program this year.

Applicants may have the chance to be considered for opportunities with Citizens if the applicant opts-in on the application.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Citizens Scholars Program must be:

  • Dependent* children, age 23 and under, of full- or part-time Citizens colleagues who have a minimum of one year of employment** and are in good standing with a satisfactory performance review (rating of 3- or above) as of the application deadline.
    *Dependent children” refers to natural or legally-adopted children or stepchildren of the colleague who qualify for benefits provided by Citizens.
    **Including length of service credited as part of Citizens acquisitions.
  • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students who are already enrolled, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire academic year.

Taking pass/fail courses and obtaining a pass for applicable courses will not impact a student’s eligibility as long as the student has met all other eligibility requirements.


If selected as a recipient, then the student will receive an award of $3,000. Up to 12 awards will be granted each year.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in a full-time undergraduate course of study, the student’s parent continuing to be in good standing with a satisfactory performance review (rating of 3- or above) and continuation of the program by Citizens.

Applicants not awarded a scholarship may apply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified by email in August whether or not they are a recipient. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Citizens. Payments are made in one installment at the end of August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated. Assuming there are qualified applicants, preference will be given to applicants in STEM (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, CIS – Computer Information Systems, IT – Information Technology, MIS – Management Information Technology, Mathematics, Analytics, Statistics, User Experience, Customer Experience); Business, Finance, Economics, Human Resources and other related majors.

An effort will be made to represent the diverse population of the employee population and applicant pool.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Citizens play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than July 5, 2022 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Citizens Bank N.A. has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!