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Synovus Banks Honored by American Bankers Education Foundation
The National Bank of South Carolina Wins Million Child Challenge
January 15, 2009, Columbus, GA – Synovus affiliated banks were recently honored by the American Bankers Education Foundation (ABAEF) for participating in the organization’s Million Child Challenge, and the 2009 Teach Children to Save Day. Last year, Synovus banks volunteered more than 9,000 hours to various financial education programs, a contribution featured in the foundation’s recent newsletter.

 “We are very proud of the recognition and the role our banks play in improving the financial education of the children in the markets we serve,” said Richard Anthony, Synovus Chairman and CEO. “Our efforts to build banking knowledge and financial confidence will help young people become smarter consumers in the future.”

Synovus banks named to the ABAEF Honor Roll include:

First Commercial Bank (Birmingham, Alabama)

The Bank of Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Coastal Bank and Trust of Florida (Pensacola and Valparaiso)

Commercial Bank and Trust (LaGrange, Georgia)

Citizens First Bank (Rome, Georgia)

AFB&T (Athens and Augusta, Georgia)

Columbus Bank and Trust Company

The Coastal Bank of Georgia (Brunswick)

Sea Island Bank (Statesboro and Savannah, Georgia)

SB&T (Albany and Americus, Georgia)

The National Bank of South Carolina (Columbia and Charleston)

First State Bank and Trust (Valdosta, Georgia)

Trust One Bank (Memphis, Tennessee)

The National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC) was also named the winner of the Million Child Challenge for being the financial institution to teach the millionth child in 2009. For its effort, NBSC won $1,000 to be donated to the Annie Burnside Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina.

The ABA Education Foundation provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make communities better. Nearly 100,000 bankers have taught basic finance skills to about four million young people through participation in the Foundation’s signature programs, “Teach Children to Save Day” and “Get Smart about Credit”. Founded by bankers in 1925, the foundation is an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. For more information, visit or call 1-800-BANKERS.

About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services holding company with approximately $35 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, to customers through 30 banks, 330 offices, and 467 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and TennesseeThe company focuses on its unique customer service delivery model, position in attractive Southeast markets and commitment to being a great place to work to ensure unparalleled customer experiences. See Synovus on the Web at


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