TIAA Bank Announces Be the Change Scholarship

Four $5,000 scholarships to be awarded to local high school students

Jacksonville, FL — Nov. 1, 2021 — TIAA Bank announced today that it will award four $5,000 scholarships to local high school students as part of its second annual Be the Change scholarship program.

In June of 2020, TIAA Bank’s parent company, TIAA, launched the Be the Change Initiative as a four-pillared platform to support the fight against racial injustice. The initiative has so far included a 5K fundraiser, educational opportunities, and even influenced the season-long promotion with the Jacksonville Jaguars called “Selfies for Change.”

“TIAA Bank’s core values are centered on making the communities where we work and live even better,” said Babacar Ba, vice president and advocate for the EMPOWERED business resource group, an associate-led advocacy group, at TIAA Bank. “We were inspired by stories of local students making a difference right here in our community. The Be the Change scholarship is one way to recognize that good work and continue to make lasting change.”

Students from 14 participating Jacksonville area high schools can submit an essay to share examples of racial injustice in their community and discuss ways the City of Jacksonville can work toward justice and equity for all. Entrants must also explain the role they will play.

Students have from Monday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 31, to submit their essay at Winners will be selected and announced at The City of Jacksonville’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast.

To learn more about the Be the Change Scholarship, visit To learn more about TIAA’s on-going social justice initiatives, visit

About TIAA Bank
TIAA Bank, a division of TIAA, FSB, provides full-service, nationwide banking services to consumer, commercial and institutional clients through a variety of channels, including online and mobile applications, and Florida-based financial centers.

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