COLLIERVILLE, Tenn., July 28, 2016 – Collierville High School graduate Madeline Claire Czosek is the 2016 recipient of the Herman Cox Scholarship from BankTennessee. The scholarship named in honor of former Collierville Mayor Herman W. Cox Jr. is based on grade point average, community and school involvement, and attendance all four years at Collierville High School.

Wright Cox and BankTennessee scholarship recipient Madeline Czosek“Madeline fits all of the criteria perfectly. She is a model student and individual. My dad would be proud of her accomplishments and leadership abilities,” said Wright Cox, community president of BankTennessee and son of the former mayor. At Collierville High School, Czosek was an exceptional student and was involved in the school, church and the community.

Attending Mississippi State University this fall, she plans to major in special education. She said, “No one chooses to have a disability, and instead of seeing it as a curse, we need to find blessings that come from our differences.”

She added, “I found my passion by volunteering this past year for The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee. It stole my heart.” The foundation is an inclusive community designed to enrich the lives of those with a variety of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and more by meeting their social, recreational and continued educational needs.

Madeline Czosek is the daughter of Frank and Jerri Czosek of Collierville.

BankTennessee created this scholarship to honor Cox who served as Mayor of the Town of Collierville for 24 years. He dedicated his life to serving his hometown. Known as “The People’s Mayor,” he led the historic town through many years of growth while focusing heavily on protecting the schools and assuring residents the best quality of life. He also served on the Board of Directors for BankTennessee.

About BankTennessee
“We take banking personally and are committed to providing a personal level of service where our customers matter. It’s a philosophy that has worked for us since our bank was founded in Memphis in 1934, more than 80 years ago. We attribute our success to our personnel and local communities we support,” said Jim Rout, chief executive officer and president of the bank. ”

Headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, BankTennessee has 8 retail banking offices located in Collierville, East and Downtown Memphis, Germantown, Ripley, Munford, and Lebanon in Middle Tennessee.

As of June 30, 2016, BankTennessee had $283,887,000 in assets. BankTennessee offers a full range of financial products and services including personal and business checking accounts, internet banking with web bill pay, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, custom construction loans, commercial and consumer loans, treasury management, remote capture and merchant card services.