Merchants Bank Announces 2017 Ronald H. "Pete" Cann Academic Scholarship Awardee

The Board of Directors of Merchants Bank is pleased to announce that Joshua Golden was named this year’s recipient of the Ronald H. “Pete” Cann Academic Scholarship. Joshua is the son of Tracey Golden, a Customer Service Representative/Teller in the Bethlehem branch.
Richard M. Hotchkiss, Chairman of the Board, congratulated Joshua and wished him continued success. Both Hotchkiss and Rocco Del Vecchio, CEO, assured Joshua that the bank has confidence in him for a bright, successful future.
Joshua currently attends Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, majoring in Biology. He is among 13 recipients to receive this award since the inception of the endowment in 2003.
To date, a total of $3,750 has been awarded to qualifying students who have completed their first year of college or trade school, and are children of Merchants Bank’s employees or Directors.  Candidates must exemplify the attributes of Cann, who was well known for his honesty, integrity, and dedication to community service. The Directors of Merchants established the Scholarship in 2003 to honor past President and Director Emeritus, Ronald H. “Pete” Cann, who retired that year after fifty years of service with the Bank. “Ronald started his banking career in the teller position and worked his way to President and CEO. He was a great friend and leader in our community”, said Hotchkiss.
Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank.  Headquartered in Bangor, PA, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem, PA. In 2013 the Bank was recognized for its community involvement and volunteerism through two awards: Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s The Spirit of Forks Award as well as The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s Spirit of Volunteerism Award. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, please visit

Pictured from left to right: Rocco Del Vecchio, Joshua Golden, Richard Hotchkiss, Tracey Golden