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Funding Futures – SouthEast Bank Donates Scholarships to Neighborhood Micro Schools

Funding Futures – SouthEast Bank Donates Scholarships to Neighborhood Micro Schools

SouthEast Bank| September 14, 2023
Funding Futures – SouthEast Bank Donates Scholarships to Neighborhood Micro Schools

SouthEast Bank supports Chattanooga Christian School in helping to build a strong foundation for local students.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. September 14, 2023 — As a local bank, SouthEast Bank recognizes the importance of being a good neighbor, which is why it focuses on fortifying and guiding students’ academic journeys through donations. SouthEast Bank is actively shaping the bright futures of Chattanooga’s young people by funding scholarships for neighborhood micro schools, which are operated by Chattanooga Christian School (CCS).

Micro schools are small K-5th grade schools located in area churches that are designed to serve students and families. The flagship school, The King School, opened in downtown Chattanooga in 2019. Since then, CCS has opened two more micro schools with the same mission and curriculum.

The educational model includes language-rich classroom environments, technology integration, math instruction with coding and problem-solving, and individualized literacy instruction. Additionally, a low student-to-teacher ratio, regular progress monitoring, and an emphasis on fundamentals like reading and math provides students with the academic foundation and support they need. This progress is possible due to CCS’s partnerships in the surrounding area and donations from people-first businesses like SouthEast Bank. 

CCS hopes that the micro schools will serve students and families by building a strong foundation for more sixth-grade ready students in Chattanooga. In supporting the micro schools, SouthEast Bank aims to aid CCS in its desire to serve local communities by offering quality education to a broad population of students.

John Stroud, Vice President of Advancement for Chattanooga Christian School, notes the importance of community involvement at the educational level. 

“Our micro schools succeed with the help of local churches, educators, and businesses like SouthEast Bank,” Stroud says. “We’re able to serve the neighborhoods of Chattanooga by providing an environment that allows young students to flourish academically, personally, and spiritually.”

The donation provided by SouthEast Bank will help provide scholarships to a diverse population of young students for three years. The decision to join this project, says Ron Jones, Regional President for SouthEast Bank, was clear-cut.

“Education is one of the core areas that our bank works hard to address in each of our communities,” Jones says. “It was a pleasure to partner with the micro schools in establishing these scholarships.” 

SouthEast Bank’s partnership with CCS is yet another educational program in its history to further academic excellence in the communities it serves. With over 23 million donated to educational support programs across Tennessee, SouthEast Bank is excited to give even more and support the students of Chattanooga as a committed local bank. 

About SouthEast Bank:

SouthEast Bank is a community bank headquartered in Farragut, Tennessee.  With assets in excess of $2.6 billion, SouthEast Bank offers a full suite of loan and deposit products and services for families and businesses throughout Middle and East Tennessee, including its specialty consumer loan division, ELFI, which specializes in educational loan programs. SouthEast Bank is committed to the financial success of its customers, employees, and communities. Local decision-making and community involvement have been the driving successes of SouthEast Bank since its inception. Member FDIC.For more information, visit or call 1-844-732-2657.