2011 Scholarship Program 18 Scholarships Available! Guidelines



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2011 Scholarship Program

18 Scholarships Available! 

Guidelines 

The Berkshire Bank Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of Berkshire Bank, announces the 2011 Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program. Under the Program, eighteen (18) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors attending a high school in a town or city of Massachusetts, New York and Vermont served by Berkshire Bank and where the bank has a presence. Children of bank employees are eligible to apply and should contact the Foundation directly for more information.


Available Scholarships:

Vermont: Three (3) $2,000 scholarships are available in Vermont for seniors attending high schools in Arlington, Manchester, Rutland, Ludlow, North Clarendon and Chester, VT.
New York: Three (3) $2,000 scholarships are available in New York for seniors attending the following high schools: Albany, Colonie South, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Shenendahowa, Columbia, Scotia-Glenville and Waterville Central, Madison Central, Schenectady, Mechanicville, Niskayuna, Troy, Catholic Central and Shaker Sr. high schools.

Berkshire County, MA: Six (6) $2,000 scholarships available in Berkshire County for seniors attending any high school in Berkshire County.



Pioneer Valley, MA: Six (6) $2,000 scholarships available in the Pioneer Valley for seniors attending high school in South Hadley, Agawam, Feeding Hills, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Southwick, Westfield, Greenfield and Springfield.
Program Guidelines & Priorities:

* 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 in December 2011 or January 2012 for the second semester of the student’s first year directly to the college and not to the student. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to the Foundation at that time an invoice for second semester tuition and fees, student ID number and college information.

* Berkshire Bank Foundation will accept only 5 applications per high school. Applicants must have the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor on their application attesting they are a qualified fit for this scholarship program.  Berkshire Bank Foundation strongly suggests that each high school present this opportunity to five (5) of the strongest applicants that match this program’s Guidelines. Application deadline is March 25, 2011 by 5 p.m.
Mail one copy of a completed typed application package to: Foundation Scholarship Committee

(This includes application with signoff by Guidance Department, essay, c/ o Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc.

resume, and school transcript.) P.O. Box 1308

Pittsfield, MA 01202

The applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of volunteers from Berkshire Bank. The scholarships will be awarded in April/May 2011.

Applications may be downloaded from the Berkshire Bank Foundation website at http://www.berkshirebank.com/about_us/in_the_community/berkshire-bank-foundation/scholarships.

Please submit questions via email to scholarshipinfo@berkshirebank.com
Scholarship Application 2011



Please type your answers.

1.

Last Name:

First Name:



2.

Mailing Address


Street:

City: State: Zip:

3.

Daytime Telephone Number: ( )
Email Address:

4.

Date of Birth: Month Day Year Gender:

5.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): __________ (On a 4.0 scale)

Attach proof of GPA. Your most recent official school transcript is required.


6.

Are you the first person in your family to go to college: YES ___ NO ____

7.

Name and location of High School attending:


8.

(If your resume or activities sheet answers question 8, please attach and skip to Question 9.)

A. List any academic honors, awards and membership activities while in high school:


B. List your hobbies, outside interests, extracurricular activities and school related volunteer activities:
C. List your non-school sponsored volunteer activities in the community:


9.

A. If you have decided on what college you will attend, please list school name:
B. If not, list your top 3 college choices:

10.

List Family Gross Annual Income from your 2010 Income Tax Form 1040 Line #22: $

(If selected, recipients will need to verify annual household income is under $75,000 by supplying pg. 1 of their 2010 IRS Income Tax Form)

11.


Is your parent or legal guardian an employee of Berkshire Bank? Yes________ No_________


If your answer is ‘yes’ please answer blocks A, B, C below. If your answer is ‘no’ go to item 13.)

12.

A.

His/her full name:

B.

Name of Berkshire Bank / BIG Office:

C.

Department Name:

13.

Name & address of parent(s) or legal guardian(s):

(Include address if different than your own listed in Question 2.)


Name(s) :

Street:


City: State: Zip:
Home phone of parents or legal guardians: Work phone:



14. On a separate sheet please write an essay (250 - 500 words) answering the questions below:
Describe how volunteer or community service has shaped who you are today and what community service has taught you. Also, discuss in your essay about any challenges or obstacles you have dealt with and overcome in life and how this will help you succeed in college and beyond.

STATEMENT OF ACCURACY FOR STUDENTS

I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that if chosen as a scholarship winner my picture may be taken and used to promote the Foundation’s scholarship program. (Winner may waive photo due to unusual or compelling circumstances.)


I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, according to Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship policy, I must be present at the awards ceremony/reception in April/May 2011 to receive my scholarship award.
I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, according to Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship policy, it is my responsibility to remit to the Foundation the appropriate information for my scholarship to be paid directly to my educational institution for my second semester in January 2012.
I hereby understand I will not submit this application directly to Berkshire Bank and that it is required that I submit my application through the guidance department at my school in order to be considered for this scholarship.
Signature of scholarship applicant: ___________________________________ Date: ___________________


STATEMENT OF SUPPORT BY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
I hereby affirm that this application meets the criteria set forth by this scholarship program and that I support this application to Berkshire Bank Foundation.
Name of Guidance Counselor submitting the application: ________________________________________________
High School: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Contact information (email and phone):_______________________________________________________________
Signature of Guidance Counselor: ____________________________________ Date: _________________
Checklist

___ Application

___ Essay

___ Resume/Activity Sheet

___ Guidance Counselor signature

___ Official School Transcript


MAIL COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE TO THE FOUNDATION AT:

Foundation Scholarship Committee

c/o Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 1308

Pittsfield, MA 01202
REMINDER:

The deadline for this application to be received by the Foundation is:

MARCH 25, 2011, 5:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS!





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