Recent Scholarship Recipient Profiles


2019 William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty – Darien Scholarship Recipient
Michaela Loura

With the support of her DCA scholarship, Michaela is currently a freshman at Western New England University, majoring in psychology. She is enjoying her psychology classes, especially social psychology, where she studies the social impact people have on each other in today’s society.  Michaela has taken advantage of the many resources available to help students succeed at WNE and is very proud that she made the Dean’s list in her first semester.

Michaela has a great interest in makeup artistry as a hobby and spends a lot of time on the weekends practicing on her friends.  She is thinking of a way that she might combine her interest in makeup with her psychology degree in the future.

2019 Kremer/Massengill Family Recipient
Elizabeth “Liz” Borecki

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Liz is currently a junior at Wellesley College, majoring in computer science with a potential minor in English.

As a student at Wellesley College, Liz is enjoying her computer science classes, especially Computer Systems and Hardware, during which she learned about circuits and even built her own computer terminal. Liz has taken advantage of time outside of her academics and is a member of the Wellesley Whiptails, the ultimate frisbee team, as well as a Senator in the college government for her dorm. She has also served as a Residential Advisor (RA).

After Wellesley, Liz hopes to work for a major technology company or startup that is making a difference in the world in terms of the environment, education, or mental health.

2019 Kremer/Massengill Family Scholarship Recipient
Michael Borecki

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Michael is currently a junior at Bowdoin College, where he is double majoring in math and in government & legal studies, with a minor in economics. Michael finds math a fascinating subject that consistently challenges and rewards him by forcing him to develop new ways of thinking.

At Bowdoin, Michael plays for the men’s ultimate frisbee team and serves as club president of his Quiz Bowl team, which he started last year.  He also serves as a regional coordinator for the National History Bee and Bowl, a position that got him invited to staff the International History Olympiad in Berlin.  After working for three weeks, he was able to visit Dresden, Prague, Venice, and Budapest over the span of 12 days, exposing him to an area of the world that he had never seen before.

2019 Nielsen’s Florist Scholarship Recipient
Brielle Racanelli

With the support of a DCA scholarship, Brielle is currently a sophomore at the University of Miami in Florida, where she is double majoring in marine affairs and communications. Brielle is really enjoying her marine science lab, which includes conducting experiments on the neighboring Virginia Key beach and at the Miami Seaquarium. At “The U,” Brielle has joined the crew team and has become involved in the Propeller Club, a student group that is dedicated to the well-being and enhancement of all interests of the maritime community on a national and international basis.

While a student at Darien High School, Brielle participated all four years in multiple sports including the varsity swim team and both track teams (indoor and spring). She qualified for the county and state championships for swimming (breaststroke) and track (both javelin and discus throwing). Brielle was inducted into both the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics National Honor Society and the National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS).

“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
“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