North Shore Bank has awarded two scholarships to recent Peabody Veterans Memorial High School graduates, Amber Kiricoples and Edson Uvalle.  Each student will receive a total of $2,000 to help defray the cost of their college expenses.

Ranked 32nd in the class with a Grade Point Average of 3.72, Amber is the 2021 Senior Class President, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the varsity Lacrosse team. She has worked as a Peabody Youth Soccer Referee and Peabody Youth Girls Lacrosse Referee since 2016, and also worked as a hostess at Spare Time Tavern at Metro Bowl in Peabody. Amber has been accepted to Bentley University where she will major in Marketing with a minor in Management.  

Edson ranked 121st in the class with a Grade Point Average of 3.29.  He was the Captain of the color guard, Treasurer of International Club, Unit Commander of AFJROTC, Class Representative in the Medical Advisory Board and Student Advisory Board. A member of the National Technical Honor Society, Edson also participated in Peer Mediation, ROTC Drill Team, Gay Straight Alliance, and Culture Club.  He’ll be attending Salem State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

When asked about the program, Megan Shea-Pereira, Branch Manager of the bank's 248 Andover Street branch in Peabody, said:

We were impressed by the quality of applicants, and these students were exceptional choices. Their accomplishments are even more impressive given the impact the pandemic had on students this past year.”  She continued, “It’s comforting to know, particularly with the cost of education today, that we can provide some direct assistance to hard-working and deserving students.

Award recipients were chosen by a committee of bank employees and are based on a combination of criteria, including academic achievement. This year’s committee was comprised of Shea-Pereira, Crystal Silva, Assistant Branch Manager of the Andover Street Branch, and Chris Pesce, Vice President and Marketing Officer.