In October 2016, Zions Bank rewarded two students for their exceptional grades with a $1,000 scholarship savings account through their Pays for A’s program, which recognizes and pays local students for their hard-earned grades.
In Idaho, the scholarship was presented to Hunter Christensen, a student at Bonneville High School. Zions Bank Ammon Idaho Assistant Vice President Jonathan Johnson surprised Christensen with a $1,000 check during halftime at a football game.
In Utah, the $1,000 grand prize went Kimberly Turnbow, a student at Alta High School. Zions Bank Sandy Financial Center Manager Nic Magoffin and Zions Bank Communications Officer Adam Young surprised Turnbow at a school pep rally.
Earlier in the year, Christensen and Turnbow brought a report card with “A” grades into their local Zions Bank office and was paid a dollar for every “A” grade they received. Their names were then randomly selected in a drawing among participants throughout Utah and Idaho.
Zions Pays for A’s offers cash incentives for good grades to Utah and Idaho students ages 12–18. Students can bring their most recent term-end report cards from the current academic year into any Zions Bank location. They receive a dollar for each “A” deposited into their savings accounts or 50 cents per “A” if they are not clients of Zions Bank and want to opt for cash. For each “A” on their report cards, students receive automatic entries into regular drawings for scholarship prizes worth up to $1,000.