Read what some of our past scholarship recipients have accomplished, and are doing now.
A 1943 graduate of Darien High School (and first-ever girl drum major), Pat has maintained a lifelong connection to the DCA – where she has volunteered at the DCA Thrift Shop for over 25 years. After graduation, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and then worked for Seaboard World Airlines for many years, where she used her nursing degree to provide on-board care for military personnel. Pat’s love of travel and adventure has never wavered – and even included a zip-line ride on a recent trip to Alaska.
“America’s greatest armament is education. Right here in Darien we can partake in that armament by giving to the DCA Scholarship Fund. Look what it did for a very grateful Pat Parlette and so many others throughout the years. Thank you!”
The recipient of a DCA scholarship in 2003, Abbie lives in Los Angeles and works for Draper Consulting Group, doing capacity building consulting for non-profits and foundations. Before this career, she had experience working for several non-profits after her graduation from Washington and Lee University in 2007. This included summers as a teacher in inner-city Washington, DC for the non-profit Higher Achievement, and with the organization Bike & Build, where she led a cross-country bicycle trip for young adults to raise funds and visibility for affordable housing.
Susan Harrington Hamill
Susan’s relationship with the DCA has come full-circle, as she recently joined the DCA Board of Directors. She attended Georgetown University where she majored in business, and then had a career in advertising sales with Hearst Magazines, Lifetime Television and the A&E Networks. She and her husband have lived in Darien since 1990 where their three children also attended Darien High School. In addition to the DCA, Susan has volunteered and held leadership positions with Person-to-Person, Opus, Kid-to-Kid, TOPS, The Depot and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
After graduating from Darien High School in 2008, Anthony went on to study nursing at the University of Connecticut. He graduated in 2012 and began work at Stamford Hospital. He now works in their emergency department as a staff registered nurse, with hopes to further his education as a nurse practitioner. Anthony writes “None of this could be possible without the amazing charitable support of the Darien Community Association, which provided me with both financial and motivational support throughout my college career.”
Alexis Green DiBiasio
Ali graduated from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business, and a concentration in marketing. She currently works for JUICE Pharma, a pharmaceutical advertising agency in New York City. She lived in New York as well, but recently married a fellow Darienite. She and her husband have now returned to the town in which they grew up.
Mary also graduated in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent time working in the cosmetics industry for several companies, including Sephora, in various parts of the country, including New York City, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin. She returned to Connecticut two years ago after being recruited by a wellness company, and works for Country Life Vitamins, while residing in Stamford.
Stephen T. Gibson
Steve attended Pratt Institute, and received his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1993. After working in New York City, he returned to Connecticut in 1997 to work for a Norwalk firm. He joined Darien’s Neil Hauck Architects in 2001. He comments “Although a lot has changed in this small New England town, one thing has remained the same: the dedication that the DCA has to sponsor Darien’s youth in need of financial support for school. It is great to be back in town and able to give back through the use of my talents, that the DCA helped me to realize.”
Kelly Walsh McCarthy
Kelly graduated from Boston College in 2005, majoring in elementary education and human development. She continued her studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and received her master’s degree in human development and psychology. Since then, she’s been teaching in Framingham, Massachusetts at a public elementary school: six years as 3rd grade teacher, two years as a math coach, and now her second year of teaching 4th grade.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, Brian graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is currently a urologist with the University of Virginia and Augusta Health in Virginia. He lives in Staunton, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.
Michael-John graduated from the College of William and Mary and then attended the London School of Economics for his master’s degree. For the last seven years, he’s been living in New York City and working on the finance and operations side of creative businesses: first in web and magazine publishing about art and culture, and currently at a design and innovation consulting firm. He’s found time to travel over the past few years and enjoyed visiting China, Egypt and southern Africa.
A member of the Class of 1984, BT attended Catholic University, pursuing a B.A. with an interest in theater. In the years following his graduation, he became a veteran of the Broadway theater community, as both a director and writer – working on the creative team of a dozen plays and musicals including the Tony-winning hits “Spamalot,” “Cabaret” and “Billy Elliot.” He is the recipient of an Australian “Tony” for Best Direction. BT is currently the Producing Artistic Director of The Palace Theatre in Stamford, and resides in both Manhattan and Garrison, NY. He recently returned to the DCA as a featured speaker, discussing his career as well as happenings at The Palace.
Sandy Schatvet Henry
A member of the Darien High School Class of 1993, Sandy majored in English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with a minor in education and dual teaching certification. While at school, she had the opportunity to do student teaching in her college community, continue her love of ballet and dance, and also spent time studying abroad in Bath, England. She received her master’s from the University of Bridgeport. Sandy is now a kindergarten teacher at Ox Ridge School in Darien, and recounts that her own first grade teacher, Harriet Abel at Royle School, was her inspiration. She and her husband are busy with their three young children, and enjoy camping and hiking. Sandy has also stayed involved at Noroton Presbyterian Church, where she’s been a lifetime parishioner.
Tricia Rogers Prokop
Tricia graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2005 with her BS and in 2006 with her MS in physical therapy. Her clinical area of expertise is pediatric sports medicine. She completed her doctorate in education (EdD) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017. Her dissertation was titled “The impact of video-guided self-reflection on the metacognitive and motivational attributes of physical therapy students.” Tricia is currently an assistant professor at the University of Hartford, teaching in the doctoral physical therapy program, and lives in South Windsor, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.
A member of the Class of 1995, Moira attended the College of Charleston and obtained a business degree, with a minor in hospitality and tourism. Pursuing her studies further, she graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at The National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York. She’s currently the co-owner of the popular Olio Restaurant in Stamford, which opened in 2012 and is known for its New American cuisine – using ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Moira enjoys cooking even when she’s not at the restaurant, as well as running 5K races. Of her DCA scholarship, she shared “The extra help and support was so appreciated. I will never forget it.”