York, Pa., October 21, 2022 — Traditions Bank, a subsidiary of Traditions Bancorp, Inc. (OTC Pink: TRBK), announced in 2022 that it was expanding its Her Traditions Scholarship Program to include an award specifically for women in the trades.
While women currently only make up 3.9% of all positions in the trades, there is growing interest to encourage women to explore this career path as a way to diversify the pool of talent and as a way to close the skilled trade shortage that has been a growing problem for the industry.
The Her Traditions Scholarship Program was formed in 2010 to support women graduating high school who demonstrated strong leadership skills and planned to attend college. Encouraging women to lean into leadership was a priority message that the scholarship helped.
“We are proud of the scholarship program we’ve built through Her Traditions,” notes Nicole Shaffer, Director of Her Traditions, “But we also recognized the need to expand our reach to support women across all industries. We partnered with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) of South-Central PA to develop a scholarship that would have a meaningful impact.”
“Partnering with Traditions Bank and Her Traditions gave us a chance to amplify awareness about the opportunities for women,” shares Marissa Bankert, President of the NAWIC Chapter of South-Central PA. “The wage gap for women decreases significantly for jobs in the trades, and we want to eliminate barriers to getting women into these roles. This scholarship can cover education costs, but it can also cover the cost of tools needed in apprenticeship programs which is unique from other scholarships we’ve seen.”
The first scholarship recipients include Grace Benton, a Dover Area High School graduate who will attend the University of Kentucky to focus on Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Olivia Keefer, a graduate of Hanover High School. Olivia is attending Millersville University, majoring in Technology and Engineering Education.
Applications for the 2023 Women in the Trades Scholarship will be available in March 2023. Additional information about the Her Traditions Scholarship Program, including past recipients, can be found at www.HerTraditions.com/scholarship.
About Her Traditions
Her Traditions is a program through Traditions Bank designed by and for women to help them discover their financial personality, become more financially prepared, and have the tools and guidance to improve their relationship with money. Through financial literacy resources, events, and community partnerships, Her Traditions strives to be a resource to women in the communities we serve while placing a specific focus on celebrating the important roles that women play.
To learn more about Her Traditions, visit www.hertraditions.com.
About Traditions Bank
Traditions Bank’s mission is “to have a meaningful impact on our customers, our communities, and each other. As an independent bank, this is how we make our mark and better the world around us.”
Following a strong set of Core Values, Traditions Bank is committed to providing creative solutions and personalized experiences that foster successful business and personal relationships. Serving South Central PA with banking branches in York & Lancaster County, a mortgage loan production office in the Capital Region, plus extensive technology-based delivery channels, Traditions Bank offers exquisite customer service in the areas of Personal Banking, Business Banking, Residential Mortgage Services, and Specialized Banking.
To learn more about Traditions Bank, visit www.traditions.bank.