TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS:  Mechanics Cooperative Bank is once again proud to announce the recipients of their annual scholarship awards! The Mechanics Cooperative Bank Scholarship Program was created to support and recognize outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities, and community involvement amongst local students. The scholarship aims to support young talents in pursuing their educational dreams.

The following students have been selected as recipients of the 2023 Mechanics Cooperative Bank Scholarship:

  • Mary Arruda, Joseph Case High School
  • Amanda Jacques, West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School
  • Marcus Kuriscak, Apponequet Regional High School
  • Brooke Macedo, B.M.C. Durfee High School
  • Peter Moor, Taunton High School
  • Caroline Puccini, Somerset-Berkley Regional High School
  • Emily Santos, Bristol County Agricultural High School
  • Noah Sowle, Westport High School
  • Jocelyn Wilson, Somerset-Berkley Regional High School

Mary Arruda is a graduate of Joseph Case High School in Swansea where she was the Captain of the Tennis and Mock Trial teams. She is an avid volunteer of both the Swansea Animal Shelter and Annelle Delorme-Hagerman Food Pantry. Mary is attending Suffolk University and majoring in Political Science.

Amanda Jacques attended West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School and is attending The University of Connecticut where she is majoring in Multidisciplinary Engineering. While a student of WBMSHS, she was the Captain of the Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Softball teams as well as the Vice President of her Junior and Senior Class. She was also an active member of the Spanish National Honor Society.

Marcus Kuriscak, a graduate of Apponequet Regional High School located in Lakeville, MA graduated as a member of the Varsity Golf, Basketball and Track teams. In addition, he served as a member of DECA throughout his Junior and Senior years of high school. He was an active member in his community serving as a volunteer coach for a youth Basketball league. Marcus is attending Bryant University and majoring in Finance.

Brooke Macedo graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, MA and is attending Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Chemistry and Spanish. While in high school, she was the President of the National Honor Society and served as Captain of the Varsity Field Hockey team.

Peter Moor graduated from Taunton High School where he served as not only captain of his Winter Track Team but as well as Treasurer of the Student Council his senior year. In addition, he was the Treasurer of the Latin Club. He is now pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Curry College.

Caroline Puccini attended Somerset-Berkley Regional High School and was Captain of both her Varsity Volleyball and Tennis teams. She also served as Secretary of the Somerset-Berkley Girl Up Club her senior year. She is attending Providence College with a major in Business/Marketing.

Emily Santos, graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School, is attending the University of New Hampshire in pursuit of a degree in Animal Science. In high school, she was the Captain of the Cross-Country team and served as a Student Ambassador her Junior and Senior years.

Noah Sowle is a graduate of Westport High School where he was the 2022 National Honor Society President as well as a member of the Medical Club from 2020 – 2023. He was active in his community and organized fundraisers for the Arthritis Foundation and Alzheimer’s Foundation. He is attending University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a double major in Biology and Health with a minor in Chemistry.

Jocelyn Wilson attended Somerset-Berkley Regional High School where she served as Captain of the Varsity Soccer team and was a member of the Varsity Track team and Soccer club. She is a student at Franklin Pierce University where she is majoring in Health Science.

Joseph T. Baptista Jr., President and CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank, expressed his delight in recognizing these exceptional students. He stated, “We are incredibly proud to award the Mechanics Cooperative Bank Scholarship to these deserving students. Their dedication to their studies, involvement in their communities, and commitment to excellence is truly inspiring. We believe in investing in the future of our community, and these students represent the bright future ahead of us.”

Mechanics Cooperative Bank is dedicated to supporting local students and fostering their academic growth and pursuit for higher education. As part of the organizations ongoing commitment to the communities they serve, they are proud to announce applications for the 2024 Mechanics Cooperative Bank Scholarship are now open! Any local student interested in applying, should visit Mechanics-Coop.com to download an application.

About Mechanics Cooperative Bank:

With total assets of $722 million, Mechanics Cooperative Bank offers a wide variety of personal and business deposit and loan products. As a Massachusetts co-operative bank, 100% of customers’ deposits are always fully insured. Established in 1877, Mechanics Cooperative Bank is Massachusetts’ second-oldest co-operative bank with nine conveniently located branches in Bridgewater, Taunton, North Dighton, Somerset, Swansea, Fall River, Westport and New Bedford. For more information, call 1-888-MECHANICS (632-4264) or visit Mechanics-Coop.com. Member FDIC. Member DIF. Equal Housing Lender.

7 Students sit with President and CEO - Joseph T Baptista Jr holding up shirts for the college they are attending.

Photo Caption:

 From left to right: Noah Sowle of Westport High School attending UNC Chapel Hill, Brooke Macedo of B.M.C. Durfee High School attending Johns Hopkins University, Mary Arruda of Joseph Case High School attending Suffolk University, Emily Santos of Bristol County Agricultural High School attending University of New Hampshire, Joseph T. Baptista Jr., President & CEO of Mechanics Cooperative Bank, Marcus Kuriscak of Apponequet Regional High School attending Bryant University, Caroline Puccini of Somerset-Berkley Regional High School, attending Providence College, Peter Moor of Taunton High School attending Curry College.