For 39 years, Lakeland Bank has been providing scholarships to local students for their academic achievement and interest in attending college. This year, 53 high school seniors were presented with a scholarship from the Bank at award ceremonies in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.

“We are pleased to recognize the young adults in our local communities who have worked hard to achieve academic success, and who are dedicated to pursuing a higher education,” said Thomas Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “As a community bank, we have a responsibility to give back to the communities we serve, and are proud to have supported more than 500 local students throughout the history of our scholarship program.”

A total of $85,000 was distributed this year to students at 41 private and public high schools. Lakeland Bank raises the money to support this program at its Annual Scholarship Golf Outing, and has provided over $1 million in scholarships since it began hosting this annual event in 1974.

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“As a recipient of the Lakeland Bank Scholarship, I would like to express my profound appreciation for your support of Passaic Valley High School and students,” said Rosa Llanos. “I look forward to working in the banking industry, because I am fascinated by the way the banking system functions.” Llanos will attend Montclair State University this fall majoring in international business.

Lakeland Bank will host the 2012 Annual Scholarship Golf Outing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Crystal Springs Country Club in Hamburg. Local businesses and individuals are invited to help the company achieve its goal to raise another $75,000, which will be distributed to students in 2013. For more information, please contact Jeff Buonforte, executive vice president and senior government/business services officer, at 973-208-6214.


The funds raised from the 2011 Lakeland Bank Scholarship Golf Outing were presented to students at the following high schools:


Bergen County: Becton Regional High School, Dwight Morrow High School, Hackensack High School, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva School for Girls, Park Ridge High School, Ramapo High School, Teaneck High School, Torah Academy of Bergen County.


Essex County:  James Caldwell High School, West Essex Regional High School.


Morris County: Boonton Township High School, Butler High School, Jefferson High School, Kinnelon High School, Montville High School, Morris Hills Regional High School, Morris Knolls Regional High School, Morristown High School, Mountain Lakes High School, Pequannock High School.


Passaic County: DePaul Regional High School, Eastern Christian High School, Lakeland Regional High School, Manchester Regional High School, Christian Academy, Passaic Valley Regional High School, Wayne Hills High School, Wayne Valley High School, West Milford High School, Windsor School.


Sussex County: High Point Regional High School, Kittatinny High School, Lenape Valley Regional High School, Newton High School, Pope John Regional High School, Sparta High School, Sussex County Technical High School, Veritas Christian Academy, Vernon High School, Wallkill Valley Regional High School.


Warren County:  North Warren Regional High School.


About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has an asset base of approximately $2.9 billion and 47 offices spanning six northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the bank’s full line of products and services, visit their website at