Opportunities Set The Course For Missouri Banker
Part-time job, scholarship lead to banking career options for Brenda Veit
Brenda Veit never set out to be a banker. Yet, a part-time job at Mid America Bank in Jefferson City and a scholarship from the Missouri Bankers Foundation soon changed her plans.
Veit began working as a part-time teller at Mid America Bank in the summer of 2015. She had just completed her junior year at Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville, where she was taking courses to earn college credit. Working at the bank allowed her to save money for school, and
it also gave her more career options to consider.
“Banking was not my first choice for a career when I was younger,” Veit said. “Working as a teller inspired me to consider this field.”
During the last semester of her senior year, Veit applied for the Missouri Bankers Foundation scholarship. In May 2016, Veit was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the foundation. Brian Berhorst, president and CEO of Mid America Bank, presented the scholarship to Veit during
an awards ceremony at the high school. However, this wasn’t the first award he presented to Veit.
“I had the privilege of giving Brenda an award during her eighth grade year and then again in high school,” Berhorst said. “I knew right away that she would be great for the bank and our customers.”
Veit enrolled in summer classes at Lincoln University in 2016 and continued to work for Mid America Bank. In December 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lincoln and was the class valedictorian. Veit completed her degree in two and half years, all while working at Mid America Bank.
Today, Veit serves as a compliance and audit assistant at the bank. She became a full-time employee in January 2018, and working in compliance allows her to interact with many people at the bank.
“I enjoy the challenge of learning about each department and its processes, and ensuring that procedures are followed,” Veit said. “I want to develop my knowledge of each area in the bank so I can be a great asset to Mid America Bank and help it grow in the community.”
Veit appreciates the opportunity and support that Mid America Bank has given to her in high school, college and now her career.
“Mid America Bank reaches out to high school students in the community to show opportunities that are available in banking,” Veit said. “It is a great field, and there are many careers you can pursue in banking.”
“As a community bank, we try to retain our own local people,” Berhorst said. “Brenda has been part of this community her entire life, and we’re very proud to have Brenda a part of our Mid America Bank family.”
Veit appreciates the scholarship from the Missouri Bankers Foundation that helped her with college expenses.
“MBA is very generous in offering scholarships to students interested in banking,” Veit said. “I am very grateful for this scholarship and the opportunity it has given to me as I start out in banking.”
Missouri Bankers Foundation 2019 Scholarship Applications
The Missouri Bankers Foundation will award eight $1,000 scholarships to Missouri high school seniors this spring. Students interested in pursuing a major in a field related to banking or finance are encouraged to apply. MBA encourages banks to share scholarship information with their employees, customers and schools. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 8. MBA will award scholarships in May.