[Commonwealth Bank](http://www.combankltd.com) has pledged $500,000 to create the Commonwealth Bank Emerging Leaders Award Programme at the College of the Bahamas (COB). Commonwealth has a solid history of building leadership capacity, and this pledge was a pivotal move, spanning a 10-year period, funding 40 student awards valued at up to $12,000 each.

Ian Jennings, Senior Vice President and CFO, Commonwealth Bank says, *“At Commonwealth Bank we started off small, but our ambition was to achieve the equal heights, at that time, of the international banks built on the belief that things Bahamian can succeed.”* He added that the Bank sees this same philosophy at COB – particularly referencing its dream to transition to The University of The Bahamas.