Richland County Foundation scholarship helps local bank manager
As a little girl, Jill Montgomery played “bank.” Her mother, a former Richland Bank teller, encouraged her daughter to manage money.
Now as an adult, Ms. Montgomery is the Manager of the Richland Bank branch located inside the Kroger’s store on Ashland Road.
She attributes some of her success to a scholarship provided by the Richland County Foundation. She received the scholarship after graduating from Crestview High School and Pioneer Career and Technology Center. She enrolled for classes at North Central State College and over three years earned two associates degrees, one in accounting and another in financial management.
“My mother stayed at home to raise her children. My parents supported me in many ways but could not afford my tuition. So the Foundation scholarship along with other grants and scholarships allowed me to attend college,” said Ms. Montgomery.
While attending NCSC full-time, Ms. Montgomery worked 30 hours a week as a Richland Bank teller. Within six months of graduation, Richland Bank promoted her to Teller Supervisor. She then became Assistant Manager then Branch Manager.