Berkshire Eagle Staff

NORTH ADAMS -- MountainOne Financial has given $100,000 to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which will be used to create the MountainOne Community Development Scholars Program.

The program is designed to provide internship opportunities for MCLA student to work with qualified non profit organizations to further community development initiatives in MountainOne’s coverage area.

Besides Berkshire County, MountainOne’s footprint also includes southern Vermont, and the communities of Rockland, Quincy and Scituate south of Boston, and Danvers north of Boston.

"We know the value of partnering with the next generation of leaders in spearheading real change," said MountainOne president and CEO Thomas Leavitt.

"MCLA students have talent, energy and a fresh perspective, and we need to help them put that to use in our local communities," he said.

"We are deeply appreciative to MountainOne for this generous gift and thrilled about partnering with an organization with such strong community leadership and with whom we have a

long history of partnerships," said MCLA President Mary Grant.

Student selection for participation in the MountainOne Community Development Scholars Program will be based upon academic standing. MCLA will determine appropriate organizations to partner with in the administration of the program, and also will administer the funding, implementation and selection process.


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MountainOne Financial is a mutual holding company that is headquartered in North Adams.