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Darien Community Association Presents Scholarships To High School Students

From left: Ken Yamaguchi, Tom Berisha, Tyler Grant, Carey Hocker, Emily Coyle, Robert Waters, Laine Blummer, Niamani Williams-Coles, and Alyssa Findlan. Not pictured: Savannah Chaput, Jennifer Previte and Alexa LoPiano.
From left: Ken Yamaguchi, Tom Berisha, Tyler Grant, Carey Hocker, Emily Coyle, Robert Waters, Laine Blummer, Niamani Williams-Coles, and Alyssa Findlan. Not pictured: Savannah Chaput, Jennifer Previte and Alexa LoPiano. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

DANBURY, Conn. – The Darien Community Association presented 16 college scholarship awards and four community service awards at recent Darien High School ceremonies.

The community service awards are new this year and given to two juniors and two seniors who have made significant contributions to the community during their high school years.

The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships at DHS – providing funding for both new and returning college students – and the only one offering recipients the opportunity to re-apply for funding during all their years of college.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary of granting scholarships, the DCA will award a total of $51,000 this year, based on both merit and need. The following DCA scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2016 for their college plans:

  • Anne C. Cary Scholarship – Robert Waters, Boston College
  • Brendan Shay Scholarship - Tom Berisha, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Carolyn Jean Rich Memorial Scholarship - Niamani Williams-Coles, Amherst College
  • Cora Osherow Scholarship - Emily Coyle, Boston College
  • Darien Rowayton Bank Scholarship - Alyssa Findlan, Michigan State University
  • Joy Family Scholarship - Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
  • Kazia Klimczak Scholarship - Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
  • Margaret Harrington Scholarship - Jennifer Previte, Coastal Carolina University
  • Maybell Family Scholarship - Ken Yamaguchi, University of California, Los Angeles
  • “Mr. Z.” (Darien Sport Shop) Scholarship - Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
  • Nielsen’s Florist Scholarship – Robert Waters, Boston College
  • Patricia Buchanan Scholarship - Tyler Grant, University of Connecticut
  • Ring’s End Scholarship - Emily Coyle, Boston College
  • Scott and Jane Pelley Scholarship - Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
  • US Chemicals Scholarship - Laine Blummer, University of Connecticut
  • William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty – Darien Scholarship - Alexa LoPiano, University of New Hampshire

Four students received the new DCA Community Service Award: Helena Cush, senior; Robert Waters, senior; Thomas Kreuch, junior; and Olivia Lew, junior.

These awards were made possible by an anonymous DCA donor. Over the past 75 years, the DCA is proud to have awarded over $2 million in scholarship funding to more than 1,300 DHS students.

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