Abington Bank Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to Area Grads
ABINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Abington Bank recently awarded $6,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors from five local area high schools.
President and CEO Andrew J. Raczka said the scholarships are part of the bank’s longstanding commitment to supporting education through funding a variety of programs that benefit local elementary and secondary schools and their students, including donations used for supplies and equipment; educational enrichment programs and events; school music, arts, and sports programs; and more. The funding also includes a donation of $10 for every new Green Checking account bank customers open, made to one of eight schools or educational foundations located in the towns where the bank has offices. To date, this program alone has provided nearly $40,000.
“We believe strongly that education is the key to bettering yourself on the road to independence and empowerment,” said Raczka. “Abington Bank is pleased to support students through enriching their educational experience and unlocking their full potential.”
The scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2021 who demonstrated both academic achievement and financial need and who will be enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited college or university this fall.
Emily Coulsey and Erin Doherty of Abington High School were awarded Abington Bank Shawn P. Cotter Memorial Scholarships of $1,250 each. The scholarships are in memory of Mr. Cotter who was chairman of the bank’s board and a strong supporter of Abington High School. Coulsey will attend UMass Amherst and Doherty plans to attend Providence College.
Chamston Cherilus of Avon Middle High School was awarded a scholarship of $1,000 and will attend UMass Boston.
Brooke Halaby of Cohasset High School was awarded the Abington Bank Edward T. Mulvey Scholarship of $1,000 and will attend the Jacobs School of Music. The scholarship is named for Mr. Mulvey to mark his more than 50-year career at Pilgrim Bank, which recently merged with Abington Bank, including serving as its president and CEO and chairman of the board.
Kevin Hillmann of Holbrook Middle-High School was awarded a scholarship of $1,000 and will attend UMass Dartmouth.
Rachel Pina of Old Rochester Regional High School in Marion was awarded a scholarship of $1,000 and will attend the Ringling College of Art and Design.
IN THE PHOTO:
Abington Bank President and CEO Andrew J. Raczka (third from left) is joined by Abington Bank scholarship recipients (l-r) Chamston Cherilus of Avon Middle High School, Kevin Hillmann of Holbrook Middle-High School, and Brooke Halaby of Cohasset High School.