Berkshire Bank Awards Twenty 2023 NeXt Gen Scholarships

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Bank, a leading community bank with financial centers in New England and New York, announced the recipients of the 2023 Next Gen scholarships. Twenty of the best and brightest students across MA, NY, CT, VT and RI, each received $2,500 towards their college tuition and advancing their educational goals. These scholars embody academic excellence and share Berkshire’s commitment to community service and volunteerism.  

Lori Gazzillo Kiely, managing director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation shared, “At Berkshire Bank, we are driven to help empower individuals to reach their financial potential. We are excited to announce this year’s recipients and help them with educational funding throughout our bank’s footprint. The Next Gen Scholars have overcome obstacles and are the doers of good deeds. They also possess an unsurpassed passion and values to improve the lives of those around them.” 

L-R –  Julia Conway, & Madilynn Brothers 

L-R Vanessa Muturi & Anna Kelly 

Justin Underdown

Michael Lynch

Rifat Tarafder

All applicants were reviewed, and winners were selected by a committee of Berkshire Bank volunteers. The 2023 Next Gen Scholars include high school seniors, current college students and adults pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited non-profit college or technical school. They are listed by state below: 

Name of Recipient State
Corey James Lynch MA
Michael Maggipinto MA
Vanessa Mwanjiru Muturi MA
Denis V. Protsun MA
Deisy Escobar MA
Justin Underdown MA
Nhi Le MA
Nayalie Velez MA
Myles Duah NY
Matthew Fabian NY
John Miles NY
Michael Lynch NY
Neev Vachhani CT
Haddijatou Mbye CT
Ravyn Spears CT
Rifat Tarafder CT
Julia Conway VT
Madilynn Brothers VT
Anna Kelly RI

For more information, visit Scholarship Application | College Scholarship | Berkshire Bank 

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About Berkshire Bank    

Berkshire Bank, founded in 1846, is becoming a high-performing, leading, socially responsible community bank. It empowers the financial potential of its stakeholders by making banking available where, when and how it’s needed through an uncompromising focus on exceptional customer service, digital banking, and positive community impact. Providing a wide range of financial solutions through its consumer banking, commercial banking and wealth management divisions, the bank has approximately $12.1 billion in assets and a community-based footprint of 100 financial centers in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Named one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek and America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes, Berkshire is also listed in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.        

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