Centreville Bank has recognized three Rhode Island students as the inaugural recipients of the Robert Pare Scholarship, today announced Harold M. Horvat, president, CEO and chairman.
Jeyki Cabrejos of West Warwick, Alex Goldberg of Pawtucket and Quinn Jones of Narragansett will receive $5,000 towards their college education from the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation.
Pare served Centreville bank for 55 years in a number of roles, including president, trustee and corporator. The goal of the scholarship is to recognize Rhode Island students who show a commitment to their community in the same way that Pare did while at Centreville. The bank’s board of directors established the scholarship in 2018 upon the occasion of Pare’s retirement.
Each of the scholarship recipients were asked to submit an essay showcasing the ways that community service has impacted their lives and the lives of those around them. The winning essays discussed a range of involvement, from developing a robotics program to beach cleanups.
“Life can get busy, boring and sometimes even sad, but doing service can change your perspective and mood instantly,” wrote Cabrejos who focused her essay on participating in various food and toy drives. A graduate of West Warwick High School, she plans to attend Simmons College in Boston where she will be pursuing a degree in nursing.
Goldberg, a senior at Shea High School in Pawtucket, similarly wrote about the positive effects of serving others. As he described the robotics program he developed in Pawtucket schools, he shared, “Knowing that I have the power to create a positive impact on my community with something I love to do humbles me, while giving me all the more motivation and determination to continue to better myself as both a student and a leader.” Goldberg will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall.
Jones focused her essay on how community service through organizations like Clean Ocean Access helped her decide what she wants to do with her future. “My experiences have helped me find my passion; I will be studying environmental science in college,” she explained. Jones will be attending Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, after her graduation from Narragansett High School.
About the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation
The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization in 2006 by the Board of Trustees to further the philanthropic mission of Centreville Bank. The Foundation’s goal is to partner with local non-profit organizations that work to strengthen, grow, and contribute to the well-being of the communities that the bank serves.
About Centreville Bank
Founded in 1828 and headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Centreville Bank has seven branch locations in Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Narragansett, West Greenwich, West Warwick, and North Kingstown, and assets of $1.2 billion.