Southern Michigan Bank & Trust continues support of KCC’s Gold Key Scholarship Program

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The Kellogg Community College Foundation recently recognized Southern Michigan Bank & Trust for their continued financial support of the College’s Gold Key Scholarship program.

The bank’s contribution to the KCC Foundation funds the Southern Michigan Bank & Trust Gold Key Scholarship, a two-year award granted each year to a Branch County student selected by a KCC Foundation-appointed committee through an application and interview process. The scholarship awards the recipient $4,500 each year for up to two years.

The 2020-22 scholarship recipient is Amelia Gerth, a 2020 Coldwater High School graduate studying dental hygiene at KCC. 

KCC President Dr. Adrien Bennings and KCC Foundation Executive Director Teresa Durham expressed their deepest gratitude to Southern Michigan Bank & Trust for their continued commitment to the education and success of KCC students.

“Southern Michigan Bank & Trust is a generous and caring company that unselfishly gives to support the educational endeavors of students,” Bennings said. “We are truly appreciative of their continued support to help KCC-bound students reach their educational goals.”

Students who apply for a Gold Key Scholarship must be a graduating high school senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and must demonstrate leadership experience, school involvement, community service and volunteerism.

John Castle, SMB&T chairman and CEO, expressed the bank’s belief in the value of education and their commitment to investing in future leaders.

“We are proud to partner with KCC and the KCC Foundation on their Gold Key Scholarship program that has such a significant impact,” Castle said. “We want young people to have the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and this scholarship opens the door for students to do that.”

For more information about the KCC Foundation’s Gold Key Scholarship program, call 269-965-4161 or visit

Pictured above: Nick Grabowski, executive vice president at SMBT, presents a check to Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation.

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