Recent Scholarship Recipient Profiles


2018 Eileen & Tami Hanford Scholarship Recipient
Peter Grant


With the support of a DCA scholarship, Peter is currently a senior at Southern Connecticut State University, where he is studying marketing. At Southern, he has been involved in intramural sports including rugby and hockey, the College Republicans Club, and SUMA Marketing Club.

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 also worked as an umpire for the Darien Little League.

He continues to be involved with community service projects and has volunteered with Southern Days of Service.


2017 Eileen & Tami Hanford Scholarship and Joy Family Scholarship Recipient
Julia Ford

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Julia is currently a sophomore at The Ohio State University, where she is studying international business. She was the recipient of the Eileen and Tami Hanford Scholarship and the Joy Family Scholarship.

While a student at Darien High School, Julia was involved in multiple sports including varsity soccer, lacrosse and both track teams (indoor and outdoor), where she competed in the high jump, long jump and ran relays. She was a senior captain for indoor track. Julia was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Music Honor Society.

Photo left to right: Tami Hanford, Julia Ford and Hillary Ford


2017 US Chemicals Scholarship Recipient
Niamani Williams-Coles

Niamani Williams-Coles
With the support of a DCA scholarship, Niamani is currently a junior 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.

“Thank you so much for seeing something in me worthy of this most gracious gift…I could not be any more grateful that you’ve made my college dreams that much more of a reality.”
—Scholarship Recipient


2017 Litt Family and Path to the Future Scholarship Recipients
Christina and Laura Boccadoro
Christina and Laura Boccadoro

With the help of a DCA scholarship, twin sisters Christina and Laura Boccadoro are currently entering their senior year at Quinnipiac University.

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 Quinnipiac, she is pursuing a degree in computer information systems and a minor in marketing.  She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the American Marketing Association.

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, and recently acquired her EMT certification. She plans to continue her education after college at medical school or another career in health sciences. She is a student ambassador on campus and a charter member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

“My greatest loves are writing, reading and discussion, and you have helped make it possible to pursue these passions…I hope one day my education will allow me to support other students, as you have me.”
—Scholarship Recipient