March 25, 2008
Beneficial Bank Awards $45,000 In College Scholarships
Beneficial Bank has announced the six winners of its 5th annual Beneficial Scholars Program essay contest.
The winners were: Joelle Tolifero, Florence Township Memorial High School, Burlington County (Grand Prize Winner); Brighid Kerry Burgin, Clearview Regional High School, Gloucester County; Eileen Moran, Nazareth Academy, Philadelphia County; Barbara Spencer, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Montgomery County; Danielle Inselberg, The Mill Creek School, Philadelphia County; and Tony Vo, Abraham Lincoln High School, Philadelphia County
Tolifero was awarded the Grand Prize for her essay proposing an initiative to engage teenagers in her community and combat the issues of teen violence and drug and alcohol use. She will receive $20,000 over four years towards her college education. Beneficial Bank will award the other five winners with $5,000 each towards college tuition.
Founded in 2003 in honor of the bank's 150th birthday, the Beneficial Scholars Program is open to college-bound high school seniors in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties in New Jersey.
Beneficial asked students to submit an essay about the most important issue facing their community and how they would respond to this concern. More than 425 area high school seniors from across the Philadelphia region entered the competition, offering ideas ranging from gun violence to environmental sustainability to civic engagement.