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United Bank Foundation Announces its 2018 Academic Scholarship & Vocational Award Winners

United Bank Foundation Announces its 2018 Academic Scholarship & Vocational Award Winners

(Hartford, Conn., May 2, 2018) The United Bank Foundation Connecticut today announced that they recently awarded academic scholarships and vocational awards totaling $63,750 to 33 area high school and vocational school students who are graduating in 2018.

At their receptions on April 23 and April 25, United Bank presented the academic scholarships to 18 college-bound high school students who have demonstrated leadership, community involvement and a strong academic record. The United Bank Foundation Connecticut also awarded their 2018 Vocational Awards to 15 area vocational students who excelled in vocational arts and demonstrated a high level of character and integrity in their respective school and community. The Vocational Awards are given to students who anticipate joining the workforce immediately following graduation or who will be participating in work-related, occupational training.

"Each year the United Bank Foundation Connecticut donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-profit organizations in Connecticut and among the most special are the scholarships and awards we give to our communities’ best and brightest graduating students. Our goal is to recognize these students for a job well done in school while providing them some financial assistance to help defray the costs of college tuition and occupational training. They’ve worked incredibly hard in school and are well-deserving of this accolade and support from the United Bank Foundation," said William H.W. Crawford, IV, Chief Executive Officer of United Bank and United Financial Bancorp, Inc.

The United Bank Foundation Connecticut, formerly named the Rockville Bank Foundation, started their academic scholarships and vocational awards program in 1999. Since then, the Foundation has awarded $543,250 in academic scholarships and $254,500 in vocational awards. Overall, the Bank has awarded $797,750 over the past 19 years to area graduating students.

2018 Academic Scholarship Winners

Front Row (left to right): Grace O’Neil, Enfield; Katherine Jacobs, Northwest Catholic-West Hartford; Camryn Swan, Somers; Rebecca Buske, Coventry; Emily Bernabe, Suffield; Deonna Hightower, William H. Hall-West Hartford; Kella Psillas, Manchester; Renae Giard, UBNK Family Scholar-Ellington.

Back Row (left to right): Albert J. Kerkin, Jr., Ph.D, Past Chairman, Rockville Bank; Bennet Cole, Glastonbury; Jeffrey Rodrigue, East Windsor; Luke St. Amand, South Windsor; Daniele Russo, East Catholic-Manchester; Owen Day, Bacon Academy-Colchester; Jake Nichols, Conard-West Hartford; Jake Mansfield-Rockville; Nicholas Willett, Ellington; David A. Engelson, Past Director, United Bank.

Not Pictured: Sierra DeCarli, Tolland

2018 Vocational Award Winners

Front Row (left to right): Kamila Zadroga, Glastonbury; Miriam Dugas, Suffield; Annabelle Dickstein, South Windsor; Tashfila Jilu, Howell Cheney Tech-Manchester; Amy Escobar-Perez, Eli Whitney Tech-Hamden; Kelsey Carignan, Hamden.

Back Row (left to right): Albert J. Kerkin, Jr., Ph.D., Past Chairman, Rockville Bank; Richard (Trey) Pierce, Enfield; Collin Berube, Ellington; Marlon Jean Louis, Rockville; Thomas Anderson, Somers; Kevin Marley, Rockville-Ag; Austin Soucy, Manchester; Shakari Smith, East Windsor; Kacper Proczek, Coventry; Edward Baxter, Bacon Academy-Colchester; Adam J. Jeamel, Eastern Connecticut Regional President, United Bank.