Cornerstone Award

Honoring the unsung heroes of Texas communitiesCornerstone Award winner

The goal of the Cornerstone Awards is to recognize and reward Texas banks that have made a commitment to be the cornerstones of their communities. Cornerstone Award winners will be honored at a special luncheon during TBA's Annual Convention. The winners' efforts will also be publicized in local, statewide and industry news media.

One bank in each asset range will receive the Cornerstone Award. Winning banks receive:

  • A Cornerstone Award trophy.
  • An article in Texas Banking magazine.
  • Press releases to local and statewide news media and banking publications.
  • Recognition at a special Cornerstone/LiFE Awards luncheon at Convention.

Applications for the 2021 Cornerstone Awards – for community service projects/programs initiated or ongoing within the 2020 calendar year – will be available in October 2020. The deadline for the 2021 submissions will be Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

For more information, contact at 512-472-8388.

2019 Cornerstone Award Winners

Dallas-based Comerica Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Comerica Bank Gift of Knowledge project. The Gift of Knowledge, a part of Comerica’s Money sense program, is an initiative that allows students to receive high-end and engaging financial education training, the opportunity to open their first savings account and access to Comerica Bank personnel and banking center tours. Upon successfully completing Comerica’s Money Sense program, scholars receive seed money to start a savings account at Comerica Bank.

Nacogdoches-based Commercial Bank of Texas, N.A. received a Cornerstone Award for its BBQ for Badges event. For the third year in a row, Commercial Bank of Texas honored first responders serving Nacogdoches with a BBQ for Badges event. This year, in addition to feeding first responders barbeque and donating proceeds from their employees who paid to attend the barbecue, Commercial Bank of Texas sold First Respondent Support bracelets to raise additional funds to donate at the end of the event. With the donations raised, 39 smoke detectors were donated to the local fire department.   

Tyler-based Southside Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Reverse JA in a Day project. In a partnership between the Southside Bank and Junior Achievement, Reverse JA in a Day events offered students a day at the bank with lessons on career success, a bank tour and roundtable discussions. In addition, they heard from panelists of bank executives and board members, who shared their career experience and discussed networking and continuing education.