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MarkleBank offers scholarship to HU students

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MarkleBank’s board of directors established the MarkleBank Presidential Endowed Scholarship for Huntington University students in late 2009.  This scholarship was created in recognition of the importance of Christian higher education. It was also given this descriptive title in acknowledgment of three MarkleBank presidents who demonstrate the ideals of servant leadership, character, and dedication to excellence. These leaders have made – and continue to make – a positive impact on the university, the bank, and the communities they serve.

Donald Hoopingarner was born and raised in the Markle area.  He joined the bank in 1957 and served the bank in various capacities including his time as bank president from 1975 to 1998.  Don provided outstanding leadership to the bank and to the community and was a consummate community banker.  He continues his leadership role even today through his involvement on the MarkleBank board of directors.

Travis Holdman served as MarkleBank president from 1998 to 2006.  During his tenure, MarkleBank expanded its reach to serve other communities beyond Markle and Bluffton by opening branches in Huntington, Fort Wayne, and Van Buren.  Travis served as president of the Huntington University Foundation Board and also served on the Huntington University board of trustees.  Travis continues to serve our community in his position as Indiana state senator.

Greg Smitley was selected as MarkleBank president in 2006 where he serves in that position today. Greg is a 1980 cum laude graduate from Huntington University (then Huntington College) and he presently serves on the Huntington University Foundation Board and the Huntington University Alumni Board.  Greg’s wife, Patricia, is also a 1980 graduate from HU.  During Greg’s tenure as MarkleBank president, the bank has experienced record asset size and profitability.  Greg is also active in community involvement including his current role as president of Huntington County Economic Development (HCED).

All three of these individuals have contributed  to the growth and development of both MarkleBank and Huntington University.  Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University, writes, “thank you for your generous gift.  I am thankful for your partnership in the mission and ministry of Huntington University. Your investment in scholarships provides much needed financial support for students who might not otherwise be able to attend Huntington University.  Thank you, on their behalf, for assisting them in their educational endeavors. I am very grateful for MarkleBank.”

MarkleBank and Huntington University encourage prospective students to inquire about the MarkleBank Presidential Scholarship through Huntington University’s Office of Financial Aid.  The scholarship criteria are: student recipient or direct relative (parent or grandparent) must be a customer of MarkleBank, student shall be majoring in business or communication related areas of study or an undecided major if the student is a first-time freshman, and the student shall have/maintain a GPA of 2.75% or higher.