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Founded in 1868, Citizens National Bank of Texas is the third oldest independent bank in the State of Texas. Our philosophy of giving back to the customers, citizens, and communities we serve has kept us strong when so many other banks have failed. In 1930, Colonel Marvin E. Singleton became Chairman of the Board of CNB, and thus began the respected heritage of the Singleton family's majority ownership and leadership of the bank.
To honor their father, the children of Colonel Singleton established the M. E. Singleton Scholarship Trust in 1952. In 1996, The Shannon Elizabeth Singleton Memorial Scholarship was established in remembrance of the great-granddaughter of Colonel Singleton.
The purpose of the trust is to enable outstanding Ellis County high school seniors (and those residing in Cedar Hill or Burleson) the opportunity to receive a higher education. The trust is administered by Citizens National Bank of Texas and has awarded over 700 scholarships totaling more than $5,000,000.
Students applying for the M.E. Singleton Scholarship are invited to complete the electronic application on this web site. In addition, each student must submit the following documents by attaching them to their application:
  • Copy of High School Transcript
  • Copy of parent's/guardian's most recent Tax Return
  • Current Photo (headshot)
  • Essay (less than 500 words, explain why you should become a recipient)
  • Two recommendation letters from a principal, superintendent, counselor, teacher, or pastor/priest
The requests will be reviewed and all qualified applicants who completed the application with all attachments will be invited for a personal interview with a panel of Trustees. Applications and packets are due no later than Monday, April 6th, 2015 by 6:00 p.m., and interviews will be Monday, April 20th and Tuesday, April 21st. Scholarships are generally presented at the high school awards ceremony.