PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- To help students manage the cost of college and reward them for their volunteer efforts, Citizens Bank today announced that it once again is offering the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, Citizens Bank will award a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership.

The application period for the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship for college will begin on Monday, April 15 and run through May 6, 2014 or until 2,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first. Winners will be announced this summer.

A total of ten college scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded to U.S. residents who are 16-years of age or older and are attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program for the Fall 2014 semester, located in one of the following regions: Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont (1 winner); Massachusetts (1 winner); Pennsylvania (1 winner); New York (1 winner); Rhode Island (1 winner); California (1 winner); Florida (1 winner); Ohio and Michigan (1 winner); all other U.S. states not listed above (2 winners).

"The TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program recognizes and rewards students who are devoting their time and effort to making their communities better places to live," said Brendan Coughlin, President of Auto and Education Finance, RBS Citizens Financial Group.


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"We believe in making college education accessible to students, as well as contributing to the health and prosperity of our communities, and look forward to seeing this year’s applicants and the contributions they are making in their local neighborhoods."

Applicants to the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program are asked to submit an essay of no more than 500 words that describes their community volunteerism and leadership. They must also provide two references that are directly connected to their community involvement. For full details, rules and to apply, go to citizensbank.com/scholarship.