Rambo's memory lives on in scholarship

Sunday, June 11, 2017
From left, First Community Mortgage CEO Keith Canter, scholarship recipient Michelle Rathbun and MTSU dean of students David Urban.
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Michelle Rathbun is the inaugural recipient of the Andrew C. Rambo Scholarship according to an announcement made recently by Keith Canter, CEO of First Community Mortgage (FCM) and David Urban, Ph.D., Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University.

Andrew Rambo
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The Andrew C. Rambo Memorial Scholarship -- funded by FCM employees -- is awarded to an MTSU MBA student in the accelerated cohort program of the Flex MBA. The scholarship is for a 12-month period, during which the recipient is expected to finish their MBA program. The recipient must be a Tennessee resident, have an undergraduate degree from MTSU and be admitted into the MBA program.

"It is an exceptional honor to see this scholarship awarded to such a deserving student," said Canter. "Michelle is an outstanding student with a refreshing thirst for learning. A passion for learning is something for which my friend Andy Rambo was known and he would be glad to see her receive this scholarship."

Rathbun, of Christiana, is a marketing major. She will be graduating from MTSU in August with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor's degree.

"Receiving any scholarship is appreciated, of course," said Rathbun. "Receiving this particular scholarship is especially meaningful because it is the first one awarded, and it has so much meaning behind it. The memory of Mr. Rambo and the support of all the FCM employees are added motivation for me to represent them well as I pursue this degree. I am deeply grateful."

Rambo died in April 2016. He was a Shelbyville native who became the chairman of the board at First Community Bank and a member of the board of directors at First Community Mortgage. Rambo practiced law for 42 years in his hometown of Shelbyville, where he also served as mayor from 1979 to 1983 and as city attorney from 1983 to 1989. Shortly thereafter he became involved in what is now known as First Community Bank and First Community Mortgage.

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