Community Bankers Association announces 2016 annual J. Steven Walraven Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Carrie Hall

The Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 J. Steven Walraven Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to Carrie Hall, Branch Manager at Century Bank of Georgia, Cartersville. Hall was nominated by David Caswell, President of Century Bank of Georgia. Hall attends Shorter University and is majoring in Business Administration.

This $500 scholarship is awarded to a Georgia community bank employee attending a college or university within the state of Georgia. The goals of the scholarship are to assist those employees interested in furthering their education to enhance their career in community banking.

The scholarship is named for the late J. Steven Walraven, a former community bank president who dedicated much of his life to his community and community banking. His wife Rebecca and their sons have developed the scholarship in his memory.

Much of Steve’s life was dedicated to improving his community and community banking. Steve’s banking career began in 1966 at the First National Bank of Atlanta. In 1982, Steve became President of the Peoples Bank of Bartow County in Cartersville. Steve continued his career in community banking as the President of United Bank and Trust in Rockmart in 1999. He continued to invest in community banking by serving as the Director and Treasurer of Community Bankers Association of Georgia. Steve was the son of the late Carlton and Gennie Lee Walraven and is the father of Joseph and Oakley Walraven. He was the brother of David Walraven, Darlene Johns and Melissa Patterson.  He worked at Gordon County Bank in Calhoun and was a graduate of Fairmount High School.  

The Community Bankers Association of Georgia is a non-profit organization serving community banks throughout Georgia for over 40 years to enhance their profitability and growth. The CBA was founded in 1969 by a group of Georgia community bankers to protect the political interests of locally-owned community banks. Representing nearly 170 community banks and 200 associate member companies, the CBA offers services in four distinct areas which include political affairs, education, products & services and networking. For more information about the Association, visit or call 770-541-4490.