RBS Citizens Financial Group is Looking for Students Who Are Good Citizens in Their Community for Its TruFit Good Citizen

  RBS Citizens Financial Group is Looking for Students Who Are Good Citizens
  in Their Community for Its TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship Program

Citizens Bank, Charter One offering a total of $50,000 in college scholarships
 to students active in community service – application period begins April 1

Business Wire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- March 28, 2013

To help students supplement the cost of their college education and reward
them for their volunteer efforts, RBS Citizens Financial Group (RBSCFG) today
announced that it once again is offering the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship
program. Now in its third year, RBSCFG will award a total of $50,000 in
college scholarships to students who demonstrate good citizenship through
community volunteerism and leadership.

The application period for the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship will begin on
Monday, April 1 and run through Friday, April 19, 2013 or until 3,000
applications have been received, whichever occurs first. Winners will be
announced this summer.

A total of 40 college scholarships will be awarded to U.S. residents who are
16-years of age or older and are attending or accepted to a federally
accredited four-year college, university or graduate program and who have been
active in community service. The school scholarships will be awarded this
summer for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“As a company that helps students finance their college education, we created
this scholarship program as a way to highlight and reward students who are
devoting their time and effort into making their communities better places to
live,” said Brendan Coughlin, President of Education Finance, RBS Citizens
Financial Group. “We believe in contributing to the health and prosperity of
our communities and look forward to seeing this year’s applicants and the
contributions they are making in their local neighborhoods.”

RBSCFG will award 40 college scholarships totaling $50,000. One winner will
receive $5,000; four winners each will receive $2,500; and 35 winners each
will receive $1,000. Applicants are asked to submit an essay of no more than
250 words or a video up to 60 seconds long that describes their community
volunteerism and leadership. They must also provide two references that are
directly connected to their community involvement. For full details, rules and
to apply, go to citizensbank.com/scholarship or charterone.com/scholarship.

As part of its commitment to students and making education more affordable,
RBSCFG’s TruFit Student Loan product is available to students who live or
attend school in the continental U.S. The TruFit Student Loan is a private
student loan available with a fixed or variable rate and flexible repayment
terms of five, 10 or 15 years, giving students the choice to select the option
that best fits their needs. Borrowers receive interest rate reductions for
automating their payments.

RBSCFG also offers online tips and tools to help students prepare and save for
college as well as find information on how to apply for financial aid, federal
and private student loans. The site includes a financing calendar with
important dates and deadlines for securing funding and a student loan
calculator to help students determine how much they will need to borrow to pay
for college and how much they will owe once they graduate.

Information about the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program can also be
found on Citizens Bank and Charter One Facebook pages beginning April 1, 2013.

About RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $128 billion commercial bank holding
company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries
has approximately 1,400 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and more than
19,000 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under
the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and
the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch
retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS
(the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.


RBS Citizens Financial Group
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