$mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship

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When the $mart$tart program was launched in 2011, one of the goals was to offer a scholarship for high school seniors* going on to college or to a school where they could learn a valuable trade. In 2015, we made that plan a reality by awarding three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors.

We have since increased the number of $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarships, and we are excited about offering this opportunity to students in our area. It’s one more way that we can give back to the communities we serve!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarships!

The 11 winners are:

Savannah Blalock, Franklin Academy, Wake Forest

Laura Care, Vance County High School, Henderson

Kayla Chaffin, Central High School, Victoria

Kayla Gurley, Fuqua School, Farmville

Carolina Laughorn, Halifax County High School, South Boston

Izabelle McClelland, Crossroads Christian School, Henderson

Jonathan Paul, Brunswick Academy, Lawrenceville

Katelynn Roark, Bunn High School, Bunn

Lucy Smith, Brunswick Academy, Lawrenceville

Kelsey Wallace, Nottoway High School, Crewe

Hannah Waller, Brunswick Academy, Lawrenceville


View our past winners:
2018 Scholarship Recipients
2017 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Scholarship Recipients
2015 Scholarship Recipients

*Applicants must be a resident of or attend high school in one of the counties served by Benchmark’s full-service branches in Virginia (Brunswick, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, or Prince Edward Counties) or North Carolina (Franklin, Vance, or Wake Counties) OR have a banking relationship with Benchmark Community Bank.