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.

Download Cornerstone Awards application. View the past Cornerstone Award winners

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

2017 Cornerstone Award Winners

Tyler-based Citizens 1st Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship program. The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is available exclusively to qualifying Rusk High School graduates who enroll at Tyler Junior College within three years of graduation. Rusk TJC Citizens Promise Scholars may receive up to $8,000 for two years to be used toward tuition, fees, books and housing. View video

Dallas-based Comerica Bank received a Cornerstone Award for stocking Ella Austin Community Center's bookshelves. More than 3,000 books were collected at Comerica’s seven banking centers. Comerica volunteers not only collected the books, they sorted and catalogued them, and stocked the book shelves at Ella Austin. In this way, the bank provided a turnkey project for Ella Austin, an organization that has a limited number of volunteer supporters. View video

Abilene-based First Financial Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Day of Service on Columbus Day last year. In 27 locations across Texas, more than 650 bank employees volunteered to serve at a variety of worthy nonprofit organizations. From preparing and delivering meals, to cleaning, painting and landscaping, First Financial associates pulled together to make it a day dedicated to serving others. What’s more, First Financial Bank also paid visits to veterans, the homebound and residents of assisted living facilities in their communities. View video

Killeen-based First National Bank Texas received a Cornerstone Award for its support of Nexus Recovery Center. In 2016, First Convenience Bank, a division of First National Bank Texas, launched a year-long partnership with the Nexus Teen Residential Program in Dallas. Nexus requested the bank help mentor the women in the facility on sound banking and interviewing skills. View video

Midland-based FirstCapital Bank of Texas received a Cornerstone Award for its Purple Cow Challenge. The Purple Cow Challenge gives employees a way to voice their ideas on how the bank can better stand out among their competitors. Nydia Andriano, a credit administrator, suggested giving to families in need during the Thanksgiving season. As a result, 300 rolls were donated to the Faith City Mission’s Thanksgiving meal and 400 meals were provided through the High Plains Food Bank in Amarillo. In Midland, 48 families were provided meals through the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen. View video

San Antonio-based Jefferson Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Community Crew 12 Months of Giving project. Through their efforts, Jefferson Bank employees addressed financial literacy, domestic violence, assisting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, poverty, military service appreciation, food insecurity, education, animal welfare and healthcare. Jefferson Bank’s 12 Months of Giving added up to 6,380 employee service hours, providing a value to their community partners of more than $150,000. View video

Plano-based LegacyTexas Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Operation Silver Bells holiday giving campaign. The bank spread cheer to 375 residents in senior living centers within low-to-moderate income areas in Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties. LegacyTexas Bank employees raised $20,000 to host holiday celebrations and purchase care package items for the residents. More than 150 volunteer hours were spent assembling and delivering care packages, hosting holiday parties, playing bingo, caroling, and teaching fraud prevention and basic computer classes. View video

Frisco-based Texas Republic Bank received a Cornerstone Award for supporting and sponsoring the Frisco Public Library’s Ready to Read Railroad. The Ready to Read Railroad is an early literacy and learning environment housed in the Frisco Public Library specifically designed for preschool children that will help Frisco’s children develop the skills needed to prepare them for school and beyond. It is a fun, proven and unique way to promote and encourage literacy. View video

Houston-based Wells Fargo received a Cornerstone Award for supporting Habitat for Humanity. In 2016, Wells Fargo committed more than $7 million in grant funding to support local Habitat for Humanity affiliates and the work of Habitat for Humanity International. In Houston, 150 Wells Fargo team members volunteer more than 750 hours for Habitat builds each year. The bank also presented Houston Habitat with a $275,000 Priority Markets award. View video