(Bridgehampton, NY – August 2, 2013)Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) has announced the winners of this year's BNB Business Scholars Award. The scholarship was originated as part of the Bank's 100th anniversary in 2010. Each year, 5 local college bound seniors are awarded a $1000 scholarship to pursue studies in a business field. The BNB Business Scholars for 2013 are: Paris Hodges (Southampton High School), Brock Lownes (East Hampton High School), Sydney Campbell (Southold Junior-Senior High School), Yuliya Palianok (Mattituck High School), and Emily Vigliotta (William Floyd High School).
On Friday, August 2nd, BNB hosted a breakfast for the winners and their families at the bank's main office in Bridgehampton. The scholars were welcomed by President and CEO Kevin O'Connor, "At BNB, we recognize the importance of education and applaud the achievements of our local students. We are very proud to grant scholarships that will contribute in a small way to the bright futures ahead of them. I hope that some of them may find their way back to us in the future." In addition to receiving a check for $1,000, each student received a BNB Scholar crystal plaque engraved with their name and the date.
The scholarship application process is open to seniors from high schools in the Bank's marketplace. The application requirements include having applied to a 2 or 4 year college with a plan to study business, finance, economics, or accounting as well as answering an essay question. This year the question was, "What is the role of a community bank and how can it impact the people and businesses in your town or village?" A panel of 4 Bridgehampton National Bank professionals reviews the students' transcripts, reference letters and a short essay and uses a point scale to determine the awards.
Bridgehampton National Bank provides commercial banking services throughout Suffolk County and is rated one of the top Community Banks in the country. The Bank has a long history of strong results and a reputation for working as partners with local businesses to help them succeed. Bridgehampton National Bank also has a rich tradition of involvement in the local community, supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.