Lakeland Bank presented a $500 tuition scholarship to each of the four WP student-athletes whose honest act was caught on camera. Left to right: Lakeland Bank Marketing Communication Specialist Tracy Conklin, Lakeland Bank Executive Vice President Jeff Buonforte, Jelani Bruce, Anthony Biondi, Thomas James, Kell'E Gallimore, William Paterson President Kathleen Waldron and Lakeland Bank President and CEO Tom Shara. Credits: Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank President & CEO Tom Shara, center, stands with WPU students Jelani Bruce, Anthony Biondi, Thomas James and Kell’E Gallimore (left to right) at a presentation honoring the four football players for their recent act of honesty. The Bank awarded each student with a $500 scholarship for their display of good character. Credits: Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank Rewards William Paterson University Students with Scholarships for Honest Deed
Friday, October 11, 2013 • 3:26pm
PLAINFIELD, NJ - Four William Paterson University (WPU) students each received a $500 scholarship from Lakeland Bank in recognition of their recent honest act ─ paying for items at an area retail store when no employees were present. Lakeland Bank presented the scholarships on Oct. 2 to Jelani Bruce of East Orange, Anthony Biondi of Wayne, Kell’E Gallimore of Plainfield and Thomas James of East Orange.
The WPU students, all members of the university’s football program, were at Buddy’s Small Lots on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 after the store was closed. However, due to a lock malfunction and the lights being on, the store appeared to be open. The students called for a cashier at the checkout counter. When no one responded, they left the amount of their purchases including sales tax on the counter. Their honesty was discovered after police were alerted to a potential break-in and the security camera footage was viewed.
“As a member of the Wayne, NJ business community, Lakeland Bank is proud to grant these scholarships to help further the education of these exemplary young men,” said Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank. “Developing positive character traits among the younger citizens of our community is vital for today’s society, and we are pleased to recognize this display of integrity, respect, and responsibility.”
The scholarships were presented by Shara and colleagues Jeff Buonforte, executive vice president and Tracy Conklin, marketing communication specialist during a ceremony hosted by William Paterson President Kathleen Walderon at the university’s historic Hobart Manor.
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.3 billion in total assets with 52 offices spanning eight northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Lakeland Bank, headquartered in Oak Ridge, offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, an expanded residential mortgage lending platform and 24-hour-or-less turnaround on consumer loan applications. For more information about the full line of products and services, visit LakelandBank.com.