BPS Foundation Awards Annual Scholarships


BPS Foundation Awards Annual Scholarships

The Bennington Public Schools Foundation awarded 41 graduating seniors with scholarships in 2020. Ranging from $500 to $2,000, the 2020 Foundation scholarships totaled $46,000. Since 1998, the organization has given just over $400,000 in scholarships to Bennington students.

“We love recognizing these deserving seniors each year through our scholarship program,” said BPSF Executive Director Regina Meradith. “Although we missed presenting the scholarships at our Annual Awards Ceremony this year due to COVID-19, we ordered special yard signs to display at the high school to recognize all recipients.”

Bennington seniors planning to attend both two-year and four-year colleges are eligible to receive Foundation scholarships and are recognized for merit-based accomplishments including grade point average and ACT score. Students meetings certain requirements who work for the All Star Kids Program are also eligible to receive a $500 scholarship.

The Lee and Kathy Bunz Endowed Scholarship Fund also provided a $1,500 scholarship for the second year. The family set up an endowed scholarship fund in 2018 to recognize students who display strong character while excelling in academics and activities, while making a positive impact on the community.

“It’s exciting to see our scholarship program continue to grow with our increasing class sizes and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for our 2020 graduates,” Meradith said.

The 2020 Foundation scholarship recipients include:

Platinum ($2,000)

Grace Tetschner

Claire Thompson

Connor Utech

Michael Webb

Gold ($1,500)

Makenna Anderson

Ariana Bryant

James Coddington

Kyler Essink

Jordan Hill

Kathryn Keatts

Anna Law

Mackenna Petersen

Ayden Ridder-Koch

Sophie Ryan

Hunter Shanks

Cean Swinney

Hannah Tilton

Whitney Wullenwaber

Silver ($1,000)

Caitlin Birk

Malique Boyd

Sean Christensen

Samantha Sample

Eric Tomjack

Bronze ($500)

Andrew Breckenridge

Hunter Duffek

Courtney Mertens

Jace Miller

Isabella Ponce

Miley Prine

Jaden Reinoehl

Haley Saltzman

Brett Tomjack

Bunz Family Scholarship ($1,500)

Grace Tetschner

Foundation Career ($500)

Matthew Coe

Cody Flynn

Annabelle Hall

Wyatt Knutson-Smith

Colby Puck

Girl Scout

Sidney Jacobs

All Star Kids Employee ($500)

Caitlin Birk

Laurin Miller

Visit https://benningtonschoolsfoundation.org/scholarships to donate to the Foundation’s scholarship fund or contact Regina Meradith at rmeradith@bennps.org to learn more about setting up and endowed scholarship fund.