Sugar-Salem student wins $500 for great grades

Sugar-Salem student Ammon Dye recently received a $500 scholarship from Zion’s Bank through its “Pays for A’s” program.

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Getting good grades in school has paid off for Ammon Dye, an eighth grader at Sugar-Salem Junior High School who was recently awarded a $500 scholarship savings account as a regional winner in Zions Bank’s Pays for A’s program.

Travis Wade, manager of Zions Bank’s Rexburg branch, surprised Dye with his win at the branch.

Dye was entered into the scholarship drawing by bringing his report card to Zions Bank between March 1 and July 30, 2021. He was paid $1 for each “A” and received an entry into the Fall drawing. From more than 3,000 entries, 18 students throughout Idaho and Utah were randomly selected as winners for their respective regions.

“While the value of education is its own reward, we want students to know that their academic efforts are seen and valued,” Wade said. “We’re proud to recognize Ammon through the ‘Pays for A’s’ program, along with the many students who bring their report cards to our branch throughout the year.”

Over nearly two decades, Pays for A’s has rewarded thousands of students across Idaho and Utah for earning great grades. Students ages 12 to 18 can participate by bringing their most current term-end report card into any Zions Bank location. Students do not need a Zions Bank account to participate. They’ll receive $1 per “A” deposited into their savings account, or 50 cents per “A” if they opt for cash. For each “A” on their report cards, students are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 18 regional scholarship prizes each worth $500 and one grand prize worth $1,000 in each state.

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Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A. Member FDIC, operates 25 branches in Idaho and 98 branches in Utah and Wyoming. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for more than 145 years. Additional information is available at