Berkshire Bank Announces 2021 NeXt Gen Scholars Recipients

Berkshire Bank Announces 2021 NeXt Gen Scholars Recipients

Each Scholar to receive $2500 for Fall Tuition Cost

Pittsfield, MA – September 1, 2021 – Berkshire Bank, a socially responsible community-dedicated bank with locations in New England and New York, recently announced that it has awarded 40 individuals with a total of $100,000 in scholarship funds through its NeXt Gen Scholars program. Each recipient will receive $2,500 to assist with their undergraduate tuition costs for the Fall 2021 semester. A team of 100 Berkshire Bank employee volunteers selected this year’s NeXt Gen Scholars, which include:

  • Erika Fenton – Hartford, CT
  • Julia Martocchio – South Windsor, CT
  • Arianna Reyes – Enfield, CT
  • Nirali Vachhani – South Windsor, CT
  • Belinda Bilé – Pittsfield, MA
  • Christine Crochetiere – Springfield, MA
  • Noah Forget – Lunenburg, MA
  • Nicholas Harrington – Pittsfield, MA
  • Maria Ibrahim – Norwood, MA
  • Nena King – Lynn, MA
  • Lana Kingsley – North Adams, MA
  • Sophia Liang – Quincy, MA
  • Karina Mahida – Great Barrington, MA
  • Ian McGrath – Pittsfield, MA
  • Makenna Noble – Marlboro, MA
  • Wiralba Pichardo – Lawrence, MA
  • Indy Rodriguez – Gardner, MA
  • Thanayri Rodriguez Ortiz – Lynn, MA
  • Natalie Velez – Holyoke, MA
  • Natalia Wlock – Chicopee, MA
  • Regina Hennessey – Bensalem, PA
  • Dhruvi Patel – Bensalem, PA
  • Eesha Ali – Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Aylie Cruz – New Brunswick, NJ
  • Angelina Scotto – Millstone Township, NJ
  • Noelle Whitaker – Hamilton, NJ
  • Natalie Flint – Amsterdam, NY
  • Zackery Kleist – Salisbury Center, NY
  • Cassie Klock – Jordan, NY
  • Kaitlyn Kramar – Chestertown, NY
  • Maggie LaBreche – Little Falls, NY
  • Stacey Lee – Delmar, NY
  • Luke Markowski – New Lebanon, NY
  • Celine Paliakkara – Manlius, NY
  • Noshin Tasnim – Hudson, NY
  • Sonam Verma – Chatham, NY
  • Hayley Bertrand – Rutland, VT
  • Ciaran Van Ommen Kloeke – Danby, VT
  • Jing Yi Sutherland – Manchester Center, VT
  • Chestina Terry – Andover, VT
In 2018, Berkshire Bank Foundation expanded its traditional scholarship program to include high school seniors, current college students and adults attending or planning to attend a two or four-year college or technical school. This decision allows the Foundation to provide educational support to a wider and more inclusive audience and reflects the Bank’s commitment to help all individuals achieve upward economic mobility.
NeXt Gen Scholars represent some of the best and brightest individuals living or attending school within the company’s footprint. They embody academic excellence, while also sharing Berkshire Bank’s strong dedication to community service and volunteerism.


About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bank is transforming what it means to bank its neighbors socially, humanly, and digitally to empower the financial potential of people, families, and businesses in its communities as it pursues its vision of being the leading socially responsible omni-channel community bank in the markets it serves.

Berkshire Bank provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment services. The Bank has approximately $12.3 billion in assets and operates 107 branch offices primarily in New England and New York. Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank and is a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. To learn more, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.