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Manti High School student Janessa Bridges wins Zions Bank Scholarship

By Staff | Sep 28, 2022

Ephraim branch manager Nate Christensen congratulating Janessa Bridges on her win.

EPHRAIM — Hard work in school has paid off for Janessa Bridges, a student at Manti High School. Bridges won a $500 savings account from Zions Bank as the regional winner of the fall Pays for A’s drawing.

Nate Christensen, manager of the Zions Bank Ephraim branch, surprised Bridges with news of her win during a branch presentation.

“We know that it takes extra time and effort to earn high marks, so we’re proud to recognize the achievements of students like Janessa through the Pays for A’s program,” Christensen said. “Our goal is to help students focus on schoolwork and motivate them to earn good grades.”

Pays for A’s rewards students who put in the effort to make their grades count. Bridges was entered into the drawing by bringing her report card to Zions Bank. She was paid $1 for each “A” and received an entry into the fall drawing. Of nearly 2,200 entries, 18 students throughout Utah and Idaho were randomly selected as winners of their respective regions.

Christensen gives parents these three tips to help students leverage the investment in their academic success:

  • Participate. Be a part of your student’s learning process, whether it’s helping them study, tour college campuses, or asking them what they’re learning about.
  • Praise. Point out good study behaviors and encourage your student to excel by mentioning things they are doing well. Encourage them to research college scholarships in fields where they excel.
  • Reward. Recognize school achievements with a trip to your student’s favorite restaurant or a special outing. Consider rewards based on acceptance into college programs or when scholarships are awarded.

For nearly two decades, Pays for A’s has rewarded thousands of students across Utah and Idaho for earning great grades. Students ages 12 to 18 can participate by bringing their most current term-end report card into any Zions Bank location. Students do not need a Zions Bank account to participate. They’ll receive $1 per “A” deposited into their savings account, or 50 cents per “A” if they opt for cash. For each “A” on their report cards, students are entered into a drawing to win one of 18 regional scholarship prizes each worth $500 and one grand prize worth $1,000 in each state.

For more information, visit www.zionsbank.com/pays4as.

About Zions Bank

Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches operating 96 full-service branches. Zions Bank also operates 26 branches in Idaho and Wyoming. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a market leader in small business lending. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of Utah for more than 145 years. Additional information is available at www.zionsbank.com. A division of Zions Bancorporation N.A., Member FDIC.

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