ABILENE, Texas, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The SW Graduate School of Banking at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University, has awarded Luke Longhofer, Loan Review Officer for First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIN), the James B. Gardner Commerce Street Capital Scholarship. This scholarship is one of three awarded to participants attaining the highest level of academic achievement during their years at the SW Graduate School of Banking. The grant is given to second-and-third-year students who best represent the educational ideals of merit and leadership. He was also valedictorian of this year's graduating class.
"We are very proud of Luke's accomplishments at SWGSB and are very pleased to have him in such an important position within our company," said Gary S. Gragg, Executive Vice President, Lending.
Longhofer manages First Financial's loan review department, preparing written evaluations of complex commercial and consumer loan commitments and evaluating the credit risk within bank loan portfolios. He has been with First Financial Bankshares since 2010. Longhofer holds a bachelor's degree in finance from West Texas A&M University.
About First Financial BanksharesHeadquartered in Abilene, Texas, First Financial Bankshares is a financial holding company that operates 11 separately chartered banks with 53 locations in Texas. The bank subsidiaries are First Financial Bank, N.A., Abilene, Albany, Clyde, Moran and Odessa; First Financial Bank, N.A., Eastland, Ranger, Cisco and Rising Star; First Financial Bank, N.A., Cleburne, Burleson, Alvarado, Midlothian and Crowley; First Financial Bank, Hereford; First Financial Bank, Huntsville; First Financial Bank, N.A., Mineral Wells; First Financial Bank, N.A., San Angelo; First Financial Bank, N.A., Southlake, Bridgeport, Boyd, Decatur, Keller and Trophy Club; First Financial Bank, N.A., Stephenville, Granbury, Glen Rose and Acton; First Financial Bank, N.A., Sweetwater, Roby, Trent and Merkel; and First Financial Bank, N.A., Weatherford, Willow Park, Aledo, Brock and Fort Worth. The Company also operates First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, N.A., with seven locations and First Technology Services, Inc., a technology operating company. The Company is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol FFIN. For more information about First Financial Bankshares, please visit our website at http://www.ffin.com. SOURCE First Financial Bankshares