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Berkshire Bank’s Foundation Announces 2022 NeXt Gen Scholarship Program

PITTSFIELD, MA Feb. 1, 2022 -- Berkshire Bank, a socially responsible community-dedicated bank with branch locations in New England and New York, today announced its Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual NeXt Gen Scholars Program. High school seniors, college students and adults who live in or attend a school in communities served by Berkshire Bank in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and are pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited non-profit college or technical school in the fall of 2022 are eligible to apply. A total of $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 40 individuals.

Applications will be evaluated based on the individual’s record of volunteer service, academic success, and financial need. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a household income under $100,000 (or individual income of $50,000) to be eligible to apply. Recipients will embody academic excellence, share in Berkshire’s Be FIRST values of Belonging, Focusing, Inclusion, Respect, Service and Teamwork, and at their core possess an unsurpassed passion to improve the lives of those around them through volunteerism. Each NeXt Gen Scholar will receive $2,500 in funding to support their education efforts.

“Berkshire Bank Foundation is pleased to support a new class of scholarship recipients in 2022,” said Lori Kiely, Director of Berkshire Bank Foundation. “We have offered this scholarship for the past 12 years as part of our ongoing commitment to help students in the communities in which we operate access further education and give back to their local areas. We look forward to seeing the future accomplishments of our Scholars.”

A team of more than 100 Bank employee volunteers will review the applications and select this year's recipients. To be considered, all applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST on March 15, 2022. To learn more about the program or apply online, please visit

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 provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management and investment services. The Bank has approximately $11.6 billion in assets and operates 106 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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