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Dorchester student awarded scholarship by Mt. Washington Bank

Posted by Patrick Rosso  August 10, 2012 02:00 PM

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Ed Merritt, president of Mt. Washington Bank, joined by scholarship recipient Malik Andrews and branch manager Nichelle Hodge.


One Dorchester resident will have a little extra help as he heads off to college, thanks to a scholarship from Mt. Washington Bank.

Malik Andrews, a Codman Square resident and graduate of Allston’s MATCH Public Charter High School, received a $2,000 check from the bank Friday afternoon, after being selected from a pool of well-qualified applicants.

“School is really expensive and this is a boost not just financially, but also helped me get prepared for college,” said Andrews, who had to write an essay for the scholarship.

Andrews, who is 17, is headed to the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he plans to study mechanical engineering.

“Wentworth is right around the corner from me and when I went to the orientation I fell in love with it,” said Andrews.

Although Andrews said he is really interested in the subject he added that he'd like to be a police officer one day, like his uncle.

“He use to drive me to school every day and he would ask me about what I was learning and was always there to help,” said Andrews. “He gave back so much to the community and that’s something I would like to do.”

Along with the scholarships, which for the past 19-years Mt. Washington Bank has handed out nearly $170,000 worth, the bank, which was also celebrating its fifth-year in Codman Square Friday, awarded $2,000 to the Boston Project Ministries, a local nonprofit that works to renew Boston's urban neighborhoods.

“We hope that this sends a strong message that we are focused on the community,” said Ed Merritt, president of the bank.

Merritt said that in addition to helping out local students he hopes to inspire the neighborhood’s youth.

“If you treat people with respect, work hard and get an education, good things will happen to you and everyone could use a little help with that,” said Merritt, who is a first generation college graduate.

The bank also received recognition from City Councilor Charles Yancey, who presented Merritt with a resolution from the council congratulating it on five-years of service to the Codman Square and Dorchester community.

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Ed Merritt, president of Mt. Washington Bank, joined by members of the Boston Project Ministries.

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