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Berkshire Bank Announces Recipients of Scholarship Awards

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Bank announced that it has selected 30 high-school seniors to receive a total of $45,000 in scholarships through its Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program. Each of the recipients will receive $1,500.

A team of 200 Berkshire Bank employee volunteers reviewed nearly 300 applications to select the winners. The winners all live in the regions served by Berkshire Bank, including communities in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Berkshire Bank representatives surprised the students with their scholarship awards at their respective high schools.

The six recipients from the Pioneer Valley are Wilda Joseph and Samantha Cross, Cathedral High School; Alyssa Hogan, Chicopee High School; Jessie Walton, Gateway Regional High School; Nathan Drewniak, Holyoke Catholic High School, and Kadeja Miller, Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy.

The scholarship awards recognize students who have exemplified community service through their volunteer efforts, have been successful 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.

“We are excited to recognize these incredibly deserving high-school seniors with our 2015 Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards,” said Lori Gazzillo, the foundation’s vice president and director. “These awards recognize students who share in our commitment to community service. With the rising cost and importance of a college education, we are pleased to do our part to help these students realize their dreams.”

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