PATRIOT — Peoples Bancorp Foundation, a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, awarded recent Gallia Academy High School graduate John Sipple with a $1,000 Robert E. Evans Scholarship.
The bank awarded 31 high school graduates scholarships totaling $33,000. Recipients were selected from the bank’s market areas throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Peoples Bank created a scholarship to honor the memory of Robert E. Evans, who began his career with Peoples in 1970 as a trust officer. In 1980, he became the first president and CEO of Peoples Bancorp, Inc. and in 1987 became the sixth president of Peoples Bank. Evans retired in 2005 and passed away later that same year.
“Mr. Evans inspired those around him to always do their best and to conduct themselves with professionalism and personal integrity,” said Scott Walker, Peoples Bank market team leader. “He was passionate about being a good corporate citizen and demonstrated that by making significant contributions to the communities served by Peoples Bank. He also appreciated the importance of persistence, determination, and the value of higher education.”
Today, the Robert E. Evans Education Fund provides scholarships to high school graduates who live in the markets served by Peoples Bank and who will be pursuing majors in business, education, engineering, liberal arts, math, science or technology. The recipients must meet other criteria including demonstrating some of the same qualities that were important to Evans.
Peoples Bancorp Foundation contributions focus on charitable giving in four major areas: community investment and economic development, youth and education, human services programs that improve the social needs of low- to moderate-income communities and individuals, and the arts and cultures.