Benchmark Awards $6,000 in Scholarships

June 5, 2018 - Six Southside Virginia high school seniors are receiving $1,000 scholarships each presented by Benchmark Community Bank. The annual $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship recognizes dedication to community and extracurricular service throughout a student’s high school career.

Chosen from an applicant pool of 65, the students will begin studies this fall at schools of their respective choice. The recipients are as follow: Jackson "Jax" Bosiger, South Boston, of Halifax County High School, plans to begin work toward a degree in accounting/computer science at Virginia Tech; Kristin Duty, Keysville, of Kenston Forest, will be attending Radford University and majoring in physical therapy; Sarah Edwards, Keysville, of Prince Edward County High School, is pursuing a degree in nursing at Lynchburg College; Kelsey Holloway, Freeman, of Brunswick Academy plans to attend Southside Virginia Community College where she will major in radiology; April Newton, Clarksville, of Bluestone High School plans to major in commercial building construction at Virginia Tech; and DaJuan Walton, Blackstone, of Nottoway High School, will enroll at Virginia Union University pursuing a degree in music.

"These students have distinguished themselves through service with several community organizations, as well as involvement and leadership in multiple extracurricular organizations at their high schools," Benchmark President/CEO Jay A. Stafford. "We need young people like them 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 $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship program is named for Benchmark’s youth money management program designed for ages 13-17.

"The goal for $mart$tart 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 young people in our communities who were not only making a success of our $mart$tart program, but 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 region."

Benchmark Community Bank, founded in 1971, is headquartered in Kenbridge, VA. Along with its 12 banking offices located throughout central Southside Virginia, Benchmark operates loan production offices in Wake Forest and Henderson, NC. For the past 12 years, Benchmark has been named one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine.

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