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.

2018 Cornerstone Award Winners

Jacksonville-based Austin Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Building East Texas Together initiative. Each of Austin Bank’s 32 offices selected a charitable community partner to work with in 2017. Partner organizations included, school booster clubs, food pantries, nursing centers, crisis centers, law enforcement groups, homeless shelters, humane societies, children's resource centers, libraries and mental health groups. View video

Killeen-based First National Bank Texas received a Cornerstone Award for its You Make a Difference program. The program emphasizes the bank’s corporate commitment to community and celebrates the great work being done by employees through volunteerism. First National Bank Texas provides a matching grant for employee contributions to qualifying organizations; to date, $12,000 in matching funds have been distributed as a result of employee giving. In 2017, 550 entries were logged by the bank’s Community Development Tracking Tool, representing more than 2,000 hours of service. View video

Plano-based LegacyTexas Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Community Fest events. Community Fest is LegacyTexas Bank’s financial literacy and outreach initiative that launched in 2015. The bank works with local partners such as churches, schools and other nonprofit and community partners in low- to moderate-income and high minority areas to provide space for the events which are held three times a year. Free to the public, Community Fest is family-friendly financial expo with bilingual information and resources on a variety of community services. View video

McAllen-based Rio Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its support of C.A.M.P. University. C.A.M.P. University provides opportunities for special needs young adults to continue developing life and social skills after high school. Rio Bank has been a financial supporter of C.A.M.P. University for many years. Additionally, C.A.M.P. University has an annual fundraiser called "A Night at The Races" held in May the week of the Kentucky Derby. Approximately 35 of Rio Bank’s 100 employees participate as volunteers to help make the event a success. View video

Midland-based Security Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Fighting Hunger campaign. In 2017, Security raised funds for the West Texas Food Bank during Hunger Action Month in September. The devastation caused by the Hurricane Harvey required much-needed aid from the West Texas Food Bank, leaving their supplies low for serving West Texas residents. Through raffle ticket sales and contributions from the bank, Security Bank presented a $10,000 check to the Food Bank at the end of the campaign. The donation enabled the West Texas Food Bank to provide 40,000 meals to those in need. View video

Dallas-based TBK Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its work with two community organizations: 2nd Saturday and Interfaith Family Services. 2nd Saturday improves neighborhoods within low-income areas of Dallas by renovating and providing affordable housing. In 2017, through matching contributions from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, TBK Bank helped secure a $16,000 grant for 2nd Saturday. TBK Bank sponsored a family through Interfaith Family Services, which offers apartment homes, counseling, financial coaching and childcare to formerly homeless families. View video

Houston-based Texan Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its work with Kidz Harbor, a group foster care home, south of Houston in Liverpool, that houses 50 to 80 children. Texan Bank built closets for Kidz Harbor. They also collected school supplies, clothes, backpacks and other essentials for the children. Texan Bank also organized parties for the children and fundraisers for Kidz Harbor. View video

Weatherford-based Texas Bank Financial received a Cornerstone Award for its Dual Credit and Workforce Education Scholarship. For the 2016-2017 school year, Texas Bank Financial awarded scholarships to 33 Weatherford High School students who wanted to take dual credit and workforce education classes, but needed financial assistance to do so. View video

The Woodlands-based Woodforest National Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Down Payment Assistance Syndication program. Woodforest National Bank formed the first-of-its-kind, private-public venture with Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to expand LMI homeownership through an innovative $10 million loan agreement that increased access to down payment assistance and closing cost funds. In addition, Woodforest’s Texas employees provided more than 3,500 hours of homebuyer education through more than 1,000 workshops. View video

Honorable Mention


First National Bank of Burleson:
Employee $5 Jean Day Fridays

Preferred Bank: Preferred Bank Gives Back

First Community Bank: Relay for Life

Lubbock National Bank: Growing Financial Literacy in West Texas

FirstCapital Bank of Texas: FCB Community Impact Initiative

First United Bank & Trust: Denison Affordable Housing Project

Comerica Bank: Prom Dress Drive