Henrico’s students named winners of the VBA competition

Ronit Jain

Two Henrico-area high school students have won thousands of dollars in scholarships from the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation.

Students were asked to write about their experience participating in the VBA Bank Day Scholarship Program, an initiative that teaches Virginia students about finance, industry, and the role of banks in communities.

Ronit Jain, a senior at Governor Maggie L. Walker’s school, was named the winner of the capitol area and statewide contest, earning $7,500 toward college. Jain will be attending UC Berkeley next year to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

In Jain’s essay, “You’re a neighbor, not a number,” he wrote fondly of his time with Village Bank, citing the bank’s financial support of local nonprofits and efforts to serve the community. community.

“Banking Day demonstrated the value of working at a bank that cares about the community around it, a spirit I hope to carry with me wherever my banking endeavors go,” he wrote in the award-winning essay.

Ashley Falat

Another student of Henrico’s, Ashley Falat of Deep Run High School, was named the Capitol’s Honorable Mention winner, winning $1,700 in scholarships. Falat will join Virginia Tech’s class of 2026 this fall.

Jain and Falat competed for 14 scholarships against more than 420 other students who participated in Bank Day this year, which was hosted by 19 banks across Virginia (including Village Bank, which sponsored their particular prizes).

Since 2012, the VBA Education Foundation has distributed $244,000 in scholarships to 114 students.

For more details about the VBA Education Foundation, visit www.vabankers.org/education-foundation.

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