Berkshire Bank is offering 35 college scholarships this year and students in Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Fulton, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties are eligible to apply.
The program will award $52,500 in total scholarship dollars to students who have exemplified community service through their volunteer efforts, have been successful academically and have a financial need. Additionally, students must attend a high school that is located in a county with a Berkshire Bank office.
Through the program, thirty five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who will be attending a two-year or four-year college in the fall. Applications are evaluated based on the student's record of volunteerism in the community, academic standing and financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and a family household income under $75,000 to be eligible to apply. A team of more than 200 Bank employee volunteers will review the applications and select this year's recipients.
Scholarships will be awarded in the geographic regions where Berkshire Bank offices or its subsidiaries are located, with fourteen (14) available in Massachusetts, ten (10) in New York, three (3) in Connecticut, (3) in Vermont, three (3) in New Jersey and two (2) in Pennsylvania. Students can apply online though the Bank's website at www.berkshirebank.com/scholarships. To be considered, all applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 22nd at 4 p.m. Additional information about this year's program can be obtained through the Bank's website or by contacting Berkshire Bank Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.