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Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program

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Do you share in our passion and commitment to community service?  The Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program provides thirty (30) $1,500 scholarships to seniors attending a high school in a city or town of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont served by Berkshire Bank or where the bank has a presence. The scholarships are awarded to students through a competitive application process based on academic standing, financial need and record of community service.  Children of bank employees are eligible to apply and should contact the Foundation directly for more information.

Available Scholarships:

Massachusetts: Scholarships are available in Massachusetts for high school seniors whose primary residence or high school is located in one of the following counties:  

  • Berkshire County, MA
  • Hampden County, MA
  • Hampshire County, MA
  • Franklin County, MA
  • Worcester County, MA
  • Middlesex County, MA
  • Essex County, MA
  • Suffolk County, MA
  • Norfolk County, MA

New York: Scholarships are available in New York for high school seniors whose primary residence or high school is located in one of the following counties:

  • Albany County, NY
  • Schenectady County, NY
  • Saratoga County, NY
  • Washington County, NY
  • Columbia County, NY
  • Warren County, NY
  • Rensselaer County, NY
  • Fulton County, NY
  • Montgomery County, NY
  • Onondaga County, NY
  • Oneida County, NY
  • Herkimer County, NY
  • Madison County, NY

Connecticut: Scholarships are available in Connecticut for high school seniors whose primary residence or high school is located in one of the following counties:

  • Hartford County, CT
  • Tolland County, CT

Vermont: Scholarships are available in Vermont for high school seniors whose primary residence or high school is located in one of the following counties:

  • Bennington County, VT
  • Rutland County, VT
  • Windsor County, VT

Program Guidelines& Priorities: 

* Applicants must be a US Citizen whose primary residence or high school is located in one of the counties listed above. 

* Seeking graduating seniors with a record of volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extracurricular school activities.

* Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0; a total family annual income under $75,000, and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or technical school. 

*Scholarship funds will be paid for the first semester of the student’s first year and directly to the college, not to the student. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to the Foundation at that time an invoice for first semester tuition and fees, student ID number and college information. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of the award. 

*Applications must be submitted online by the due date. Late Applications will not be accepted.

To Apply:

The 2016 program is complete

2017 program will be available in January 2017

Decision Process:

All completed applications will be reviewed by a committee of volunteers from Berkshire Bank and scored against other applications from the same geographic region. The top scoring applications in each region will receive the allotted scholarships. Decisions will be made and winners notified.  

Questions:

If you have any questions or need additional information please email: scholarshipinfo@berkshirebank.com. In subject line, please state – scholarship question.

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