Recent Scholarship Recipient Profiles


2016 Kenny Y2016 Maybell Family Scholarship Recipient
Ken Yamaguchi

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Ken is currently a freshman at UCLA, where he is studying business. Ken hopesto pursue a career in either marketing or finance.

While a student at Darien High School, he was on the cross country and track teams (indoor and outdoor) and was a senior captain for all three sports. “The team has been a significant part of my high school career and will always be one of my favorite memories.” Ken was also a Boy Scout and achieved his Eagle Scout rank, and a summer camp counselor for all four years during high school.


Niamani Williams - cropped2016 Carolyn Jean Rich Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Niamani Williams-Coles

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Niamani is currently a freshman at Amherst College, where she is studying computer science. Niamani hopes to pursue a career creating software and applications that help facilitate learning in classrooms and teach people how to code, especially young girls. Her dream job would be to work for Apple or Nintendo and eventually create/start her own company focused on technology and gaming.

While a student at Darien High School, Niamani was on the spring track and field team for all four years and a senior captain. She also participated in Theater 308 productions as a stage crew member and usher during her four years at the high school and volunteered weekly at Person-to-Person.


Meet our DCA Scholarship Winners2015 Brendan Shay Scholarship Recipient Corey Frate

Your support of the DCA is helping Corey to attend the University of Connecticut, where he is a freshman History major. He hopes to pursue a career in secondary education.

In his senior year at Darien High School, Corey was one of two students recognized with the Superintendent’s Citizenship Award for community and school service. He was described as “making a positive impact on those around him, as well as “courteous, respectful and kind to all.”

As part of his graphic design class, Corey won first place in the Darien Chamber of Commerce “Going for Green” poster contest. And as a senior intern, he helped the Darien Historical Society as a technical consultant. Path to the Future Award Recipients Christina and Laura Boccadoro

With the help of a DCA scholarship, twin sisters Christina and Laura Boccadoro are currently finishing their first semesters at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Quinnipiac University, respectively.

At Darien High School, Christina was a member of the track team, the Big Brother Big Sister program, and the Fuel Cell Team. This team competed in the national Shell Eco-Marathon, at which high school students vie for the award of designing the most fuel-efficient car (Christina was the team’s driver). At UMass, she is pursuing a major in physics, with a minor in graphic design, and is the floor representative for her dorm.

Laura also participated in track and Big Brother Big Sister, and played clarinet in the Darien High School Honors Band. She is majoring in health sciences at Quinnipiac, with a possible interest in occupational therapy. She is a charter member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Photo credit: Heather Orawsky, Photographic Vision, LLC (Laura on left and Christina on right) Path to the Future Award Recipient
Peter Grant

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Peter is currently a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University, where he is studying business.  At Southern, he is also involved in intramural sports including rugby and hockey, and is a member of the College Republicans Club.  Peter hopes to pursue a career in finance.

While a student at Darien High School, he played for four years as a linebacker on the football team, and was a member of the hockey and rugby teams, in addition to the DECA business club.  Peter also enjoyed volunteering as a “buddy” with the Darien Little League Challenger program for children with special needs, and was the treasurer of the Darien YMCA “Y” Cares Club.  In the spring and summer, Peter worked as an umpire for the Darien Little League as well.

He continues to be involved with community service projects and has volunteered with Southern Days of Service as well as assisted with a hat, mitten and glove drive for the “Y” Cares Club during his winter break from school.

Peter is looking forward to pursuing an internship this summer in the field of finance, and hopes to have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester while at Southern. Path to the Future Award Recipient
Andrew Trautmann

Andrew Trautmann started attending Elon University in the fall of 2015.  He entered as a business fellow, majoring in accounting and minoring in jazz studies.

Since Andrew has been at Elon, he has successfully finished his first semester, and traveled to Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina with 22 members of his fellows group.  They traveled there in January to study how banking and business works in these two South American countries.

On the music side, he plays with the Elon Jazz Ensemble, the Elon Electric Ensemble and also plays in a band called Small House that performs at local establishments and will be releasing an EP of original compositions.  This June, Andrew and the rest of the Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Italy to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival.