First General Bank Continues RUSD Scholarships

By Gina Ward

Rowland Heights – On Mon., Feb. 2, First General Bank announced that applications for the 2015 First General Bank Scholarship Fund were available. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to graduating Rowland Unified School District (RUSD) high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.  This is the third year of support to RUSD – offering five scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each – for students in need.

“We are pleased to continue our support for education in our community through working together with RUSD,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer, Cliff Hsu. “Once again, this year First General Bank will award a total of $5,000 in scholarships to five eligible students, providing financial assistance for their higher education expenses.”

Seniors from Rowland High School, Nogales High School and Santana High School that are in financial need, have a 3.5 GPA (or higher) for all four years, and who have demonstrated leadership through school and community involvement and service may apply for the scholarships, Feb. 2 through 20.

“We appreciate the continued support of our students by community partners such as First General Bank,” said RUSD Superintendent, Julie Mitchell, Ed.D. “We thank them for making this opportunity available for our students who desire to continue their education, but who have financial challenges which make it difficult for them to achieve their post-secondary goals.”

The First General Bank Scholarship deadline is 4 p.m. on Feb. 20.  Applications are available at each high school. For more details about the application process, please contact the RUSD Educational Services Division at (626) 854-8348.

RUSD is proud to serve 15,000 students at 20 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, contact Gina Ward at (626) 854-8352 or visit