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Heritage Bank Hosts 15th Annual Scholarship Fund Banquet

Pictured (from left to right): First Row: Chad Lester, Jorden Hoffman, Abigail Haggard, Kathlyn Mealio, and Office Manager Shawn Rider; Second Row: Office Manager Lorraine Ridgley, Brenda Wade and Chip Knight, Market President.

Hopkinsville, KY – Heritage Bank honored its most recent scholarship recipients at the 15th Annual Scholarship Fund banquet. The Scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 school years were presented their awards amongst their families and school administrators. The Heritage Bank scholarships are named in honor of a community member in each market area who has contributed to helping children and education. These honorees were also recognized at the ceremony.

“Our Heritage Bank Scholarship Fund is one of the largest investments we make to support the educational endeavors of students in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee,” said John Peck, CEO of Heritage Bank. “Over the past 14 years, we have awarded more than $343,500 to 687 students. This year we awarded an additional 64 scholarships, bringing our total to 751 scholarships awarded to date.”

In attendance were HopFed Bancorp and Heritage Bank board members, Community Board members from the bank’s market areas in Kentucky and Tennessee, Heritage Bank executive staff, Market Presidents and managers, school guidance counselors and principals, and the recipients and their families. The evening began with dinner and concluded with door prizes featuring the centerpieces containing several must-needed items for college-bound students. CEO John Peck was the keynote speaker for the evening.

Heritage Bank provides scholarships to all qualified public and private high schools within its footprint. The schools select the scholarship recipients for their respective schools and Heritage Bank awards the recipients at the banquet where the students are presented with plaques. Heritage Bank also presented its annual Alumni Scholarships. The graduating seniors were awarded scholarships and presented with plaques. Heritage Bank also presented its annual Alumni Scholarships. “These two educational awards go to previous scholarship recipients who are enrolled in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year in college,” commented Peck. “Each of this year’s recipients will be eligible to apply for the Alumni Scholarship next year,” Peck added.

Cheatham County area students receiving scholarship awards include: Jorden Hoffman and Rachel Sheed, Cheatham County Central; Stephen Jacobs and Kathyln Mealio, Harpeth High School; Chad Lester, Pleasant View Christian School; and Abigail Haggard and Emma Hunt of Sycamore High School. The Cheatham County scholarships were awarded in honoree of James Kevin Downs.

HopFed Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of Heritage Bank headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The Bank has eighteen offices in western Kentucky and middle Tennessee and loan production offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Brentwood, Tennessee. The Company has two additional operating divisions including Heritage Wealth Management of Murray, Kentucky, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Kingston Springs, Tennessee and Clarksville, Tennessee, and Heritage Bank Mortgage Services of Clarksville, Tennessee and Brentwood, Tennessee. The Bank offers a broad line of banking and financial products and services with the personalized focus of a community banking organization. For more information about Heritage Bank and HopFed Bancorp, Inc., visit

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