The Synovus Bank/Calvin Smyre Endowed Scholarship is a scholarship program for Black students who attend colleges and universities within Synovus' regional footprint of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The program honors Calvin Smyre, a Columbus native, who represents Columbus-Muscogee County in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was elected in 1974 and is the longest-serving member of the Georgia General Assembly.
Smyre joined Synovus in 1976 as a management trainee and retired in 2014 as executive vice president of corporate affairs.
One scholarship annually will be designated for a student enrolled at Smyre's beloved alma mater Fort Valley State University (FVSU), an HBCU in Fort Valley, Georgia, where he serves as Chairman of the FVSU Foundation.
Applicants for the Program must meet the following criteria:
*Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 after one full year of college courses.
*Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") form and have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.
*Reside or be a permanent resident in:
*Major or intend to major in any field applicable to banking and the financial services industry.
*Be a Black/African American sophomore who is attending as a full-time student at any accredited four-year institution in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, or Tennessee.
*Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
*Preference in the selection process shall be given to the following candidates:
*Students attending HBCUs.
*Students majoring or intending to major in a field applicable to the banking and financial services industry, including but not limited to:
*Students shall submit an online application for the Synovus Bank/Calvin Smyre Endowed Scholarship complete with:
*A letter of recommendation
*A 250-word statement of career interest
*A 250-word essay discussing what they have learned from their participation in community service
*A current transcript
**All application materials must be received by the deadline.**
For questions, please email Yvonne Nash.