The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships to Darien High School graduates. Contributing $50,000 a year, we fund scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well. To date, the DCA is proud to have awarded over $2 million in funds, to more than 1300 graduates. Made possible by donations and revenues from the Thrift Shop, house rentals and various DCA programs, scholarships are based on both merit and need.

In case you missed the great article in the Darien Times about DCA scholarships, here is the link below.

DCA Scholarships Assist with Rising Tuition Costs

If you or your organization/business is interested in establishing a named scholarship, please contact the DCA office at or 203-655-9050.

Apply for a Scholarship

For graduating seniors, applications are available at the end of February in the Darien High School Guidance office or on the DHS website. Applications are due back to DHS by the end of March. The DCA Scholarship Committee will review submitted applications, then contact students for interviews in May of each year.

Returning college students who qualify for continued funding may apply using our DCA application attached here. Applications are due in May, and students will be contacted for interviews in June.

Please contact with any questions.

Make a Donation

To make an online contribution to the DCA scholarship fund, click here to access our donations form, and type “scholarship” in the notes section. Alternatively, please send a check, with “scholarship” noted in the memo field, to the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820. Donations are tax deductible; we will mail a receipt to your return address, which may be used for tax purposes.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of DCA scholarships!


Congratulations Graduates!

We are delighted to announce the scholarship winners from the 2015 DHS graduating class.


15 graduates received “Path to the Future” awards:

1.  Christina Boccadoro, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2.  Laura Boccadoro, Quinnipiac University
3.  Jessica Campbell, Wellesley College
4.  Rebecca DeMaio, University of Connecticut
5.  James Fox, Boston College
6.  Jack Garfield, Fordham University
7.  Peter Grant, Southern Connecticut State University
8.  Abiha Jafri, University of Connecticut
9.  Kyla Johns, Quinnipiac University
10. Ashley Mailhot, Eastern Connecticut State University
11. Said Mammadov, University of Connecticut
12.  James (Alex) Mitchell, University of Scranton
13.  Alex Molwitz, Stevens Institute of Technology
14.  Viara Radoulova, University of Connecticut
15.  Andrew Trautmann, Elon University

Three students received named scholarship awards:

1.  Corey Frate, University of Connecticut, Brendan Shay Scholarship
2.  Dominique Guilford, Spelman College, The Heights at Darien Scholarship
3.  Christina Chariott, Roanoke College, Joy Family Scholarship

New graduates and 2015 DCA Scholarship Award winners pictured above, left to right, top row: Corey Frate, James “Alex” Mitchell, Jack Garfield, James Fox, Peter Grant. Left to right, bottom row: Dominique Guilford, Kyla Johns, Christina Chariott. Not pictured: Christina Boccadoro, Laura Boccadoro, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca DeMaio, Abiha Jafri, Said Mammadov, Ashley Mailhot, Alex Molwitz, Viara Radoulova, and Andrew Trautmann.

2015 Returning College Student Awards

22 students were awarded scholarships for continued college education:

1.  Laura Anglade, Concordia University
2.  Andrew Boe, University of Vermont (The Heights at Darien Scholarship)
3.  Lily Boe, Villanova University
4.  Kelly Brustman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
5.  Jessica DeMaio, University of Connecticut Storrs
6.  Tristan Ersek, Marshall University
7.  Alexandra Ford, Ohio State University
8.  Julia Rae Hodenfield, Ursinus College
9.  Renee Hodenfield, Rochester Institute of Technology
10.  Murtuza Jafri, University of Connecticut Storrs
11.  Soyoung Lee, University of Connecticut Storrs
12.  Anne Marie Manjuck, Western Connecticut State University
13.  Greg Marku, University of Connecticut Stamford
14.  Devon McCarthy, Boston University
15.  Jocelyn Mendez, American University
16.  Andres Morales-Guzman, Sacred Heart University
17.  Althea Perley, Miami University (Ohio)
18.  Harrison Perley, Villanova University
19.  Lili Saffa, Ithaca College
20.  Lauren Sestito, University of Connecticut Storrs
21.  Kate Shannon, Manhattanville College
22.  Tyler Stratton, Landmark College

Congratulations to all!

Scholarship Committee

The scholarship program, including interviews and selection of recipients, is managed by the dedicated volunteers on our Scholarship Committee:

Chairmen: Kate Larson
Committee members: Joan Barksdale, Ulla Kremer, Judi Linskey, Diane Schlinkert, Linda Terhune and Pat van den Broek.