Livingston Promise’s scholarship fund grows with First National Bank donation

Posing with the First National Bank donation to Livingston Promise at the Community Scholarship Program Banquet in June are, from left to right: Robin Schutz, president of Livingston Promise; Tom Gisewhite, First National Bank’s vice president and marketing director; and Kathy Virden, Livingston Promise administrator. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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For the third year in a row, First National Bank has invested in Livingston Promise with a $500 Community Scholarship Award.

“First National understands the importance of high-quality early childhood education,” said Tom Gisewhite, vice president and marketing director for First National Bank. “We also realize that many in Livingston County simply cannot afford such programs.”

Livingston Promise’s vision is that all children in Livingston County have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality early education experience. Quality early education experiences are the foundation of cognitive and character skills children must have to be persistent in school and be successful in college, career and life.

One way Livingston Promise supports this vision is by partnering with local quality preschools to offer scholarships to children who may not otherwise have this opportunity to have a quality preschool experience. Since 2013, Livingston Promise has awarded 38 preschool scholarships and will award 11 scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. As it gains additional funding, Livingston Promise can offer more scholarships to children and families in Livingston County.

All donations to Livingston Promise, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax deductible. To donate on-line, visit

For other questions or to join the effort to offer preschool opportunities to all children in Livingston County, contact Robin Schutz at

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