Founded in 1868, Citizens National Bank of Texas is the oldest independent bank in the State of Texas. Our philosophy of giving back to the customers, citizens, and communities we serve has kept us strong when so many other banks have failed. In 1930, Colonel Marvin E. Singleton became Chairman of the Board of CNB, and thus began the respected heritage of the Singleton family's majority ownership and leadership of the bank.
To honor their father, the children of Colonel Singleton established the M. E. Singleton Scholarship Trust in 1952. In 1996, The Shannon Elizabeth Singleton Memorial Scholarship was established in remembrance of the great-granddaughter of Colonel Singleton.
The purpose of the trust is to enable outstanding Ellis County high school seniors and those residing in communities with a CNB Branch the opportunity to receive a higher education. The trust is administered by Citizens National Bank of Texas and has awarded over 1100 scholarships totaling excess of $5.5M.
The yearly application period for the M.E. Singleton Scholarship begins in January 02, 2019.  The deadline is undetermined at this time.  Students are invited to apply by completing the electronic application on this website. In addition to the application, each student is required to submit via this website the following documents:
  • Copy of High School Transcript (does not have to be official, copies are accepted).
  • Copy of the first two pages of parent's/guardian's most recent Tax Return.
  • Current Headshot Photo. (Selfies are not acceptable)
  • Essay (less than 500 words, explain what makes you stand out among your classmates and why you should be selected for one of the 25 scholarships being offered).
  • Two letters of recommendation from a principal, superintendent, counselor, teacher, or pastor/priest.

All applications completed by the deadline are reviewed, and some applicants are invited for a personal interview with a panel of Trustees.

Important Note: All communication will be through the email address listed on the application.  If you have completed your application, submitted all items, and you have not been notified of an interview, please contact Julie Henry at or (972) 351-5111.