Independent Bank has been recognized for its 2010 financial literacy efforts by the Michigan Bankers Association with the 2011 MBA Financial Literacy Award.

Independent Bank reached more than 20,000 individuals through its financial literacy efforts. The bank educated students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Bank associates also hosted an all-day event for high school seniors covering planning for the future, balancing a checking account, budgeting, borrowing money, protecting yourself from identity theft and working in the financial industry.

“We are very excited to be recognized with this award,” said Brad Kessel, Independent Bank’s president. “We see a need for financial literacy education in the communities we serve and are proactively seeking opportunities to educate people across the state about finances.”

Interested groups are encouraged to contact their local Independent Bank office about financial literacy education. A complete list of locations can be found online at IndependentBank.com.