SouthEast Bank Supports 4 TWU Students with Scholarships

Story by Ashley Copeland


(l to r) Katie Park (SouthEast Bank), Blake McCaslin, Dr. Harley Knowles and Matt Mason.A generous $30,000 donation by SouthEast Bank is helping four students on their pursuit of higher education this year.


The SouthEast Bank Scholars program recognizes and rewards academic excellence by funding education expenses to qualified students within the communities it serves.


“SouthEast Bank, through its current scholarship program, has a long-standing relationship of giving to the university spanning roughly 15 years,” SouthEast Bank Senior VP Matt Mason said. “SouthEast is committed to supporting education and it starts right here within the local community. We are proud that our roots run deep in McMinn County.”


To our students, the SouthEast Bank Scholarship is an opportunity to focus on their education without worrying about the cost.


Amber Scapellato, Class of 2022
“The relief I received when I heard I had won the scholarship brought me to tears. It was like winning a free car! Knowing I wasn’t going to have to work two jobs to afford college was the best relief someone could get. Ultimately, this scholarship will give me more opportunities to succeed. I now plan and can afford to get my master’s following the completion of my bachelor’s.”

“Thank you to SouthEast Bank – what you have guys have given me has relieved a weight off my shoulders and has helped me jump start my life to succeed.”


Hunter Patton, Class of 2023
“I am extremely grateful to SouthEast Bank for their decision, and most grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me the ability and motivation to always be the absolute best version of myself. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given from SouthEast Bank and intend on performing the best I possibly can in my studies and my future endeavors.”


Savannah Rymer, Class of 2020
“The SouthEast Bank Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dreams of learning the communications world while attending a small, homely university that has gifted me true relationships and excellent learning. I am proud to call TWU my home and am very thankful for SouthEast Bank’s generous donation to my future.”


Jake Rymer, Class of 2021
“I was ecstatic when I received the scholarship from a local institution as I plan to use my degree to help small businesses in the Athens area. I am truly grateful for the opportunity the SouthEast Bank Scholarship has provided me to pursue my dreams!”