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Metro Bank Announces 2015 “Cash for College” Scholarship Recipients

HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 21, 2015) — Today, Metro Bank announced the recipients of its 2015 Metro Bank “Cash for College” scholarship program.

Seniors Makenna Brezitski of Bishop McDevitt High School, Natalya Carpenter of Cedar Crest High School and Ashley Kowalski of Manheim Central High School were selected as this year’s scholarship recipients from more than 500 submitted applications. Each student receives a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of their exceptional commitment to their local communities through volunteer service.

Makenna Brezitski, a Harrisburg resident, is co-founder of Owen’s Foundation, a program created in memory of her brother. Owen’s Foundation promotes pedestrian, driver, traffic and childhood safety while raising awareness of the consequences of distracted driving. Makenna reinforced the organization’s mission by creating “Orange 4 Owen” bracelets as a reminder to drive responsibly. The proceeds have funded the installation of new LED crosswalk signs on Bishop McDevitt High School’s campus.

Lebanon resident Natalya Carpenter is an active volunteer with Ting Ministries, a non-profit orphan ministry located overseas. Inspired by her time in Ukraine, she became involved with organizations that fund orphan children in hopes to one day start her own ministry. Natalya volunteers for an independent church in India and is a bible studies leader for Students for Christ, in addition to being an active member of her student council.

Ashley Kowalski of Manheim is passionate about promoting education throughout impoverished communities. She has traveled to Peru to help teach and promote education in communities dealing with severe poverty. She has also spent time teaching English at a children’s camp in the Amazon jungle where she assisted in the development and implementation of daily education programs. While in Peru, Ashley also traveled to Iquitos to aid in ministry programs while preparing and serving meals to the homeless.

This fall, Brezitski, Carpenter and Kowalski plan to attend Wake Forest University, Bucknell University and Lancaster Bible College, respectively.

The “Cash for College” scholarships will be used toward educational expenses at their schools.

About Metro Bank

Metro Bank, subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR), is a financial services retailer with 34 stores in the counties of Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Metro Bank opened its first location in Camp Hill, Pa. in 1985, pioneering industry-changing conveniences in Central Pennsylvania including seven-day branch banking, free personal checking, free customer coin-counting machines and use of a prototype store design. Additional services include free instant-issue Visa debit cards, free online and mobile banking and live customer service. The bank also offers commercial banking services including term loans, commercial mortgages, lines of credit and cash management services. For more information about Metro Bank, visit


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