The Northern Bank Charitable Foundation awarded the
2019 James E. McGarry, Jr. scholarship to Kelsey Bozek. This
scholarship, established in 2014, honors the late “Jim” McGarry of
Woburn for his 50 years of service to Northern Bank. It also pays
tribute to his lifelong affinity for the fire and police departments in
his city. The $5,000.00 scholarship was open to graduating high school
seniors with a parent or natural guardian who is an active firefighter
or police officer in one of the communities directly served by the Bank.
Kelsey Bozek is the daughter of Tara and Robert Bozek, from Ayer, MA.
Kelsey graduated from Ayer/Shirley HS and obtained her associates
degree from Mt. Wachusett College in a dual enrollment program that she
began her junior year of high school. She will be attending UMass
Lowell in the fall as a pre-med major with the goal to attend UMass
Medical in two years and become a pediatric oncologist. Kelsey
demonstrated her commitment to the community with over 200 service hours
including volunteering at special needs programs for children, McLean
hospital and the Lawrence soup kitchen. Kelsey coached students with
disabilities in both baseball and basketball, as well participating in
recreational swimming, volleyball and track and field. Kelsey is on her
way to becoming an EMT, furthering her compassion and drive to help
others which she gets from her father, a firefighter in Acton.
Since our founding in 1960, Northern Bank has maintained the firm
belief that a strong bank, invested in the towns we serve, financially
strengthens local communities. In addition to the many hours our team
members dedicate to organizations in our communities, Northern invests
through the Northern Bank Charitable Foundation. Created in 2012, the
Northern Bank Charitable Foundation provides financial support to
non-profits and other community organizations that promote educational
opportunities, youth, and social services or community development. In
2018, the Northern Bank Charitable Foundation surpassed the
$1,000,000.00 giving mark since the inception of the foundation.