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Berkshire Bank Awarded $52,000 in Scholarships

2017 Awards Recognize Students For Volunteer Service

Berkshire Bank announced today that it selected a record 35 high school seniors to receive a total of $52,500 in scholarships through its Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program.  Each of the recipients received $1,500. 

The scholarship awards recognize students who have exemplified community service through their volunteer efforts, have succeeded academically, and have a financial need. The program highlights the Foundation’s support for education and the Bank’s commitment to promote volunteerism in the community.

A team of 200 Berkshire Bank employee volunteers reviewed nearly 300 applications to select the winners, all of whom live in regions served by Berkshire Bank, including Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The recipients, who were presented with their scholarship awards by Bank employees at their respective high schools, included:

Massachusetts:

  • Melanie Rivera: Whitinsville, MA -  Blackstone Valley Tech
  • Sebastien Francois: Hyde Park, MA -  Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
  • Vidhi Patel: Springfield, MA -  Chicopee Comprehensive High School
  • Diana Tereshchuk: Russell, MA -  Gateway Regional High School
  • Samantha Dion: Wilbraham, MA -  Minnechaug Regional High School
  • Maeven Broderick: Pittsfield, MA -  Monument Mountain Regional High School
  • Kelsey Netzer: Housatonic, MA -  Mount Everett Regional High School
  • Tyrell Boire: Pittsfield, MA -  Pittsfield High School
  • Hailey Kirchner: Pittsfield, MA -  Pittsfield High School
  • Gabriella Rodriguez: Springfield, MA -  SABIS International Charter School
  • Kasey Johnson: South Hadley, MA -  South Hadley High School
  • Devon Roberts: Granville ,MA -  Southwick Regional School
  • Suraji Omoru: Springfield, MA -  Springfield High School of Science and Technology
  • Jennifer VanBramer: Pittsfield, MA -  Taconic High School

New York:

  • Shyanne Sherwin: Eagle Bridge, NY -  Cambridge Central School
  • Dominique Cesario: Canastota, NY -  Canastota High School
  • Alexandra Holbrook: Jordan, NY -  Cato-Meridian High School
  • Stella Fairall: Austerlitz, NY -  Chatham High School
  • Claire Guyer: Altamont, NY -  Clayton A. Bouton High School (Voorheesville)
  • Nicholas Ferri: Little Falls, NY -  Herkimer High School
  • Lucas Vespi: Little Falls, NY -  Little Falls High School
  • Sarah Logan: Queensbury, NY -  Queensbury High School
  • Lena Roemer: Clifton Park, NY -  Shenendehowa High School
  • Rachel Aidala: Schenectady, NY -  South Colonie Central High School
  • Michael Le: Whitesboro, NY -  Whitesboro High School

Connecticut:

  • Sha-Toya Lewis: Hartford, CT -  Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School
  • Lauren Brooks: Newington, CT -  Newington High School

Vermont

  • Steven Kapusta: Danby, VT -  Burr & Burton Academy
  • Thea Vunk: Pawlet, VT -  Burr and Burton Academy
  • Skylar Alger: Proctor, VT -  Rutland High School

New Jersey:

  • Briana Peterson: Hamilton, NJ -  Allentown High School
  • Ryan Malloy: Groveville, NJ -  Hamilton High School East
  • Maria Shipp: Hamilton, NJ -  Hamilton High School West

Pennsylvania

  • Olivia Tempesta: Doylestown, PA -  Central Bucks High School West
  • Hyeonji Park: Horsham, PA -  Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School

According to Lori Gazzillo, Director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, “Encouraging volunteerism among students at an early age is a win-win, as it benefits both those who volunteer as well as the communities they serve and ultimately leads to on-going community involvement. We are so pleased to support these student leaders with their educational endeavors.”

Just as these scholarship recipients play an active role in their communities, Berkshire Bank encourages its employees to support their communities through the XTEAM®, Berkshire’s nationally acclaimed Employee Volunteer Program, which provides 16 hours paid time off to employees to volunteer during regular business hours. Last year, 100% of the Bank’s employees participated in the program and donated more than 40,000 hours of volunteer service.

 

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