Brunswick Academy students awarded Benchmark Community Bank $mart$tart Scholarship

Recent Brunswick Academy graduates are shown receiving $1,000 $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank.  Lawrenceville’s AVP/Branch Manager Nicole Young presents Hannah Waller (below right); Emporia’s VP/Senior Business Banker Jim Saunders presents Jonathan Paul (above); and VP/Area Manager Holly Blackwell of South Hill presents Lucy Smith (below left).

Kenbridge, VA – Three recent Brunswick Academy graduates were recently announced as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank. Hannah Waller of Brunswick County, Jonathan Paul of Greensville County, and Lucy Smith of Mecklenburg County were three of eleven recipients selected from a pool of over 75 applicants for the bank’s $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship named for Benchmark’s teen savings and money management program.

The awards were presented during Brunswick Academy’s senior awards program. The annual $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship recognizes dedication to community and extracurricular service throughout a student’s high school career. Waller (Medicine) and Paul (Chemical Engineering) plan to attend the University of Virginia. Smith plans to major in Nursing at Radford University.

    

“All of these students distinguished themselves through service with several community organizations, as well as involvement and leadership in multiple extracurricular organizations while at Brunswick Academy,” Benchmark President/CEO Jay A. Stafford said of the recipients. “We need young people like these to further their educations and return to Southside Virginia to contribute their skills and talents for the future of our region. It is Benchmark’s privilege to help these students succeed.”

“The goal for our $mart$tart savings and money management program is to help teens build the solid skills that will put them on the road to greater financial security,” explained Executive Vice President for Retail Banking LeAnne Emert. “Soon after the program launched, we began hearing great stories about some of our $mart$tart customers and other young people in our area who were contributing time, skills, and experiences to improve the quality of life in their schools and communities. We believe those contributions should be rewarded and cultivated to benefit our hometowns.”

Benchmark Community Bank, founded in 1971, is head­quartered in Kenbridge, VA, and operates sixteen branches throughout Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. For the thirteenth consecutive year, American Banker magazine has named Benchmark as one of the Top 200 Community Banks out of over 5,000 community banks in the nation. To learn more about Benchmark, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, please visit www.bcbonline.com or stop by our area branches located at 220 W. 5th Avenue, Lawrenceville; 316 W. Atlantic Street, Emporia; or 905 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

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