University of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior Ashley Renee Gardner is the first recipient of the ANB Bank Dennis Nathan Scholarship. She was chosen out of a pool of 20 applicants, based on academic performance, financial need and an essay covering the business of banking with members of Generation Y.
Ashley will receive $2,500 toward her education. She has received many awards for academic achievement. She is involved in the Non-Commissioned Officers Association and the National Society of Leadership and Success, and has volunteered for the WWII Ceremonial Banquet, the Festival of Lights Parade and Academy Falcon Football. Gardner is also active taekwondo.
The ANB Bank Dennis Nathan Scholarship fund was created in late 2013 after the 2011 death of former Colorado Springs ANB Bank president and chief executive Dennis Nathan. The fund will run through Dec. 2016 for undergraduate students in the UCCS College of Business, to allow students to maintain a stronger focus on their academic studies.
“ANB Bank is glad to be able to honor Mr. Nathan’s more than two-decade legacy in the banking industry.” said Lonnie Parsons, regional president of ANB Bank. “We feel the scholarship is a great way to keep his memory alive, while helping the up-and-coming business men and women at the same time.”
Nathan was a 43-year veteran of the banking industry. He served on a number of non-profit boards including Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, the Boys & Girls Club Foundation, Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, and was a founding member of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue.