First County Bank Foundation Awards Three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships


First County Bank Foundation Awards
Three High School Seniors with
Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships


Uma Pendkar of Greenwich

Zachary Tusa of Stamford

            Sienna Matregrano of Fairfield

STAMFORD, CT, July 8, 2021First County Bank Foundation recently announced this year’s recipients of the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships. This annual award honors Fairfield County high school students who consistently demonstrate good citizenship at school, at home and in the community.

The program awards scholarships to three deserving students, and is designed to recognize and encourage young people who are honest, hard-working and helpful. Each year, First County Bank Foundation accepts student applications from the beginning of the year until the end of April. The award is named after Richard E. Taber who retired as chairman and CEO of First County Bank in March 2011. It is in recognition of Taber’s 40-plus-year career at the bank and innumerable contributions to the community.

Each of the following students were chosen to receive a $5,000 Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship: Zachary Tusa of Stamford, attended Stamford High School and will attend Villanova University, majoring in business; Uma Pendkar of Greenwich, attended Greenwich High School and will attend New York University, majoring in global public health; Sienna Matregrano of Fairfield, attended Fairfield Warde High School and will attend the University of New England, majoring in biology.

“Even during these unprecedented times, these local students demonstrated a strong commitment to good citizenship and service to the community,” said Robert J. Granata, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the First County Bank Foundation. “We are proud to present scholarships to these amazing high school seniors, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with a passion for community service.”

Richard Taber, for whom the scholarship is named and a current member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, “I continue to be amazed with the caliber of students who apply each year and am very proud to have my name associated with three such well-rounded and talented local young adults.”

To learn more about First County Bank Foundation and the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarship, please visit the Bank’s website.


About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support quality of life and educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for 170 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a winner of the Hearst Connecticut Top Workplaces 2020 award. For additional information, please visit, or follow us @Firstcountybank on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.