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Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

Offered by Regions Bank

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 16, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

March 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each year, the contest awards $5,000 to the top 30 high school applicants and $3,500 to the top 30 college applicants. In order to apply, you must submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about a Black American individual that has inspired you and their contributions. The scholarship is offered by Regions Bank, a banking service dedicated to keeping customers first, providing tech-driven convenience, and being a strong community partner.

Bear in mind that you must reside or attend a college in a state with Regions full-service branches in order to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in an accredited university for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must also reside or attend college in a state with Regions full service branches, which include those listed below. Lastly, you must meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA




Academic Interest

Film/Video Production


Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials. If they choose, applicants may submit a video (three minutes or less) instead of the essay described below.

500-word essay

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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