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RBS Achievers Award to be presented at 88th PGA

The First Tee recently announced 12 semifinalists for the third annual RBS Achievers of the Year Awards. Two finalists will be awarded $10,000 to fund future education during a ceremony at The PGA Championship.

The First Tee recently announced 12 semifinalists for the third annual RBS Achievers of the Year Awards, a program created by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, in conjunction with Charter One and Citizens Bank, to recognize deserving participants of The First Tee and help fund their future education.

Two finalists, one female and one male, will be announced during an awards dinner at the PGA Championship on August 16. The two finalists will each receive $10,000 and the 10 semifinalists $1,000, all to fund future education.

"RBS supports these young people in their efforts to succeed in life and in education," said Howard Moody, group director, communications for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. "As part of our support of The First Tee, we strive to establish programs that fit our corporate policy of 'Less Talk, Make it Happen.' We hope to make a practical difference in the lives of the participants in The First Tee program. We, along with our colleagues at Citizens Bank and Charter One, applaud the participants' efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours."

The RBS Achievers of the Year Awards recognize outstanding participants for succeeding in school and their daily lives as a result of their experience with The First Tee. The program goal is to positively impact youth by rewarding selected participants for exemplifying one or more of The First Tee Nine Core Values by demonstrating leadership, community service, teamwork, overcoming obstacles and improving school grades and attitude. The First Tee Nine Core Values are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The 12 semifinalists were selected regionally, representing a cross-section of The First Tee Chapters throughout the United States. The 2006 RBS Achievers of the Year Awards semifinalists are:

West Region
Danielle Jones, 17 - The First Tee of Greater Seattle
Joseph Sobaski, 15 - The First Tee of Southern Nevada

Mountain Region
Eric Johnson, 17 - The First Tee of Ventura County
Regina Martinez, 15 - The First Tee of Tucson

Central Plains Region
Isabel Shelton, 17 - The First Tee of Greater Austin
Anuj Vyas, 17 - The First Tee of Houston/F.M. Law Park

Midwest Region
Russell Byrd, 16 - The First Tee of Northeastern Illinois
Jasmeen Tensley, 16 - The First Tee of Cleveland

Northeast Region
Ashlee Philyaw, 16 - The First Tee of Pittsburgh
Marvin Phisitkraiyakorn, 16 - The First Tee of Metropolitan New York

Southeast Region
Corey Moran, 15 - The First Tee of Pine Mountain
Kyndal Turner, 16 - The First Tee of Atlanta

RBS has been a supporter of the game of golf for over 100 years, through its association with The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Open Championship. By partnering with The First Tee, they are extending their commitment to the game of golf in the U.S.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group ("RBS Group") is one of the world's leading financial services companies providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, wealth management and other finance-related activities. RBS Group had a market capitalization of $88.4 billion at July 28th, 2004 and now ranks as the sixth largest bank in the world. For 2003, RBS Group posted total revenue of $31.44 billion and operating profit before tax, goodwill amortisation and integration costs of $11.69 billion. RBS Group serves more than 30 million customers worldwide and employs approximately 125,000 people, including nearly 20,000 in the U.S. In the U.S., RBS Group owns Citizens Financial Group and a credit card business. Its New York-based Corporate Banking and Financial Markets North America business is a leading provider of financing solutions to corporate and institutional clients. RBS Greenwich Capital tailors debt capital market solutions to institutions worldwide and has a leading position in U.S. treasuries and asset backed securities.

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