Berkshire Bank Announces 2022 NeXt Gen Scholar Recipients

Berkshire Bank Announces 2022 NeXt Gen Scholar Recipients


Pittsfield, MA - Wed., Aug. 17, 2022 – Berkshire Bank, a leading socially responsible community-dedicated bank with branch locations in New England and New York, recently announced 40 students were awarded a total of $100,000 in scholarship funds through the bank’s NeXt Gen Scholars program. Each NeXt Gen Scholar will receive $2,500 in funding to support their pursuit of an undergraduate degree from an accredited non-profit college or technical school. Eighty-one Berkshire Bank employees volunteered to help select the winners from over 150 applications. This year’s NeXt Gen Scholars are from Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The 2022 recipients are listed by region with some photos included.


  • Vivian Leona Berard from Pittsfield, MA 

  • Lillian Rose Boudreau from Adams, MA 

  • Litao Chen from Boston, MA 

  • Samantha Depson from Pittsfield, MA 

  • Curtis Idemudia from Boston, MA 

  • Grace Lukan from Lynn, MA 

  • Anya Ruth Shine Jordan from Longmeadow, MA 

  • Rhodenischelah Limage from Hyde Park, MA 

  • Kylie Montemagni from Belchertown, MA 

  • Sean O'Dea from Rowe, MA 

  • Joshua O'Brien from Chicopee, MA 

  • Shalin Rose Payne from Springfield, MA 

  • Leila Fiana Paredes from Pittsfield, MA 

  • Matthew Tuan Phan from Boston, MA 

  • Samaha Roban from Grafton, MA 

  • Amber Strapponi from Mendon, MA 

  • Victoria Maria Tynan from Pittsfield, MA 

  • Naesoi Ware from Boston, MA 

New York 

  • Anjala Allay from Syracuse, NY 

  • Raj Bala Chaudhary from Richmond Hill, NY 

  • Jacquelyn Fisher from Amsterdam, NY 

  • Gabriel Howe from New Hartford, NY 

  • Brandon Hunt from Fort Edward, NY 

  • Rafia Tasnim from Hudson, NY 

  • Ryan Taylor from Halfmoon, NY 

  • Bianca M Ropeter from Broadalbin, NY 

  • Sara Thayer from West Windfield, NY 

  • Isabella Wrobleski from Glens Falls, NY 


  • Emily Freeman from Rutland, VT 

  • Ada-Grace Perry from Manchester Center, VT 

  • Teri Salmon from Dorset, VT 

  • Shannon Thompson from Manchester Center, VT 


  • Christine Costin from Vernon, CT 

  • Urwa Hameed from Vernon, CT 

  • Sydney Korengel from Tolland, CT 

  • Jennifer Loalbo from Coventry, CT 

  • Arisina Miller from Willimantic, CT 

  • Emerson Demetrio Ricciardone from Tolland, CT 

Rhode Island 

  • Gianna Dasilva from Cumberland, RI 

  • Grace Truslow from Warwick, RI 

Lori Gazzillo Kiely, Director of Berkshire Bank’s Foundation shared, “We are so pleased to continue offering these scholarships, as we have for the past 14 years, to help make the dream of higher education a reality for students in the communities we serve.  We feel education is important to economic prosperity, and it should be available and accessible to all. We congratulate our NeXtGen Scholars and look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.” 

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. Additional details on the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs can be found at  


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Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management and investment services. The Bank has approximately $11.6 billion in assets and operates 105 branch offices 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
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