Associated Bank supports higher education with scholarship

Associated Bank supports higher education with scholarship

Scholarship awarded to Scott Adams of Bourbonnais, Ill.

Peoria, Ill. - April 20, 2012 - Associated Bank, part of Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC), recently awarded the Associated Bank Scholarship to Scott Adams of Bourbonnais, Ill. during Illinois State University's Katie School Student Recognition Dinner.

The Associated Bank Scholarship was awarded to Adams for his outstanding academic achievements in insurance, risk management and financial services. Awards are given to well-rounded students, which Adams demonstrated through his work as Executive Board Officer on Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honors Fraternity, the Katie School Student Leadership Program, Toastmasters International and Executive Board Officer Gamma Iota Sigma.

Adams currently attends The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services at Illinois State University where he majors in Insurance and Finance.

Scholarships are awarded by The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services in the name of board member affiliated companies. Peter Bulandr, Senior Vice President and Head of Insurance, joined the Insurance Advisory Board of Executives at Illinois State University's Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services (Katie School) in Normal, Ill in Feb. 2012. Associated is the first commercial bank to be represented on the Insurance Advisory Board.

"Scott Adams is extremely deserving of the Associated Bank Scholarship," said Bulandr. "Adams is a young professional who demonstrates what it takes to be a leader through intelligence, perseverance and hard-work. Associated is honored to assist Adams in his educational endeavors and looks forward to the contributions he will make in the insurance industry upon graduation from The Katie School in May of this year."

The Center for Risk Management and Insurance at Illinois State University (The Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services) was established in 1991. The Katie School helps develop students and prepare them for careers in the risk management and insurance professions.  The school is guided by an Advisory Board of Insurance Executives, and provides annual scholarships and grants totaling over $100,000 to attract future industry leaders. The Katie School offers internships and mentorship programs to prepare students for careers in the insurance industry. The Katie School also provides educational outreach to the local community and to the insurance industry.

About Associated Banc-Corp
Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at

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