Community Trust Bank to Award Six Scholarships to Area Students

FORT WORTH, TX – May 13, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Community Trust Bank will award scholarships at the 23rd Annual Fraud Conference, hosted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on May 15. The scholarships are given in an effort to aid fraud awareness and benefit local students studying criminology or accounting. They are awarded through the Happy Davis Foundation, which was formed in 2008 by Ray C. Davis, the son of Happy Davis, a director at Energy Transfer, and co-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball club.

This year’s $1000 scholarship recipients are: Courtland Alexander, Ronnie Bates, Darron Davis, Holton Hemby, Fanghong Jiao, and Yuping Lui.

“Community Trust Bank is committed to giving back to our community, especially through opportunities that enhance the lives of local youth,” said Van Pardue, Texas President, Community Trust Bank. “Contributing to the Happy Davis Scholarships on behalf of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners not only helps individual students pursuing a career in an admirable field, but also assists the financial community at large. The awards are offered in an effort to instill a strong sense of ethics to students, so making the contribution was a simple decision, and one that reflects our bank culture.”

This year’s contribution to the scholarships marks the second of a five-year commitment from the bank. The six scholarship recipients were chosen by a committee led for the past thirteen years by Dr. Don McConnell. Additional funding for this year’s scholarships was provided by the Dallas Chapter of the ACFE.

Held at the CityPlace Conference and Event Center in Dallas, the 2013 Fraud Conference theme focuses on learning through the experience of others. Key note speakers include James D. Ratley, President and CEP of the ACFE, and Pamela Meyer, founder and CEO of Calibrate and of Simpatico Networks.

With more than 50,000 members, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and a leader in providing anti-fraud training and education. For more information on how to register for the conference, or about the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, visit

About Community Trust Bank
Community Trust Bank, a more than century-­old, Louisiana-­chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 35 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas and the Houston area, and north and central Mississippi. Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with assets over $3 billion. Community Trust Financial Corporation’s common stock is not exchange listed but is traded through individually negotiated transactions. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit