SHEFFIELD, ALA. — At the Northwest Shoals Community College Foundation’s 26th Annual Pathfinder’s Dinner last month, Bank Independent was inducted into the Foundation’s newly-designated Patriots Circle. The honor was in recognition of the establishment of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarship, which was awarded for the first time this year to first-generation college students who choose to attend NWSCC. Bank Independent is the first donor to be inducted into the Patriots Circle.

Austin Green receives Mauldin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Austin Green, recipient of the 2018 inaugural Edward F. Mauldin Memorial Endowed Scholarship to NWSCC,
presents the award to Macke Mauldin  at the 2018 Pathfinder’s Dinner.

Macke Mauldin, President and CEO of BancIndependent, Inc., accepted the recognition on behalf of the Bank and the Mauldin family. He explained that his father, the late Edward Fennel Mauldin, never graduated from college, but was a lifelong learner who deeply appreciated the value of the college experience. “Bank Independent’s mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Mauldin. “We pledge the support of our 575 team members, and we challenge the scholarship recipients to remember the kindness that has been shown to them and to pass that kindness along to others.”

“The Northwest Shoals Community College Foundation Patriots Circle represents a special group of individuals or businesses who have donated $100,000 or more to the Foundation,” said Dr. Glenda Colagross.   “We wanted to recognize donors at this level who are partnering with the Foundation to provide scholarships to our students.  Bank Independent and the Mauldin Family are the first members of the Patriots Circle by establishment of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Memorial Scholarship Endowment.  This scholarship was awarded to two of our students for the 2018-19 academic year.  We appreciate our donors and want to acknowledge our gratitude for the difference made in the lives of our students through their generosity.”

The Edward Fennel Mauldin Scholarship also is awarded annually to six students at the University of North Alabama, and two students at Athens State University. It is part of Bank Independent’s mission to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

About Bank Independent

Since 1947, Bank Independent has taken pride in serving the customers who count on us to be there for them when they need us most. With 28 branches across north Alabama, we’re committed to providing the best service, designing the most desired products and creating an overall excellent experience for each and every customer. As a local community bank, we believe in building relationships that run deep and that last. All of our employees reside in our local communities, and, just like Bank Independent, believe in giving back. To become part of a bank that is Radically Original in all that it does, visit us at

About Northwest Shoals Community College Foundation

Northwest Shoals Community College Foundation, Inc. exists for the sole purpose of providing support for programs and activities which enhance the quality of education and expand the educational opportunities for students enrolled at Northwest Shoals Community College. The Foundation is a 501 (c) non-profit organization and is dependent on tax-deductible donations from the community.