2020 Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Charlotte Hamilton, Daughter of Anne Hamilton-Venture Photography. Recipient of the DCC member scholarship award
Charlotte is a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. She is an accomplished student in the School of Nursing and hopes to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Charlotte adores working with children and has spent many years mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering with kids in Darien and the wider community. At UConn, Charlotte is a member of Student Nurses' Association and is involved in local community outreach initiatives. Charlotte also enjoys studying science and reading research literature. In addition to her academic strengths, Charlotte is an avid musician and loves to play piano, guitar, and sing.
Tyler Roland, Son of Kate Roland-Everything Is Rosey. Recipient of the DCC member scholarship award
As a future English major of Loyola Marymount University, Tyler is thankful to have attained this scholarship as he hangs his toes over the edge of what's to come. Tyler has Asperger's Syndrome, and throughout high school, he has fought his hardest to overcome the socially difficult downsides of the condition, whilst exploiting its high points through his love of writing, automobiles, and music. Besides enjoying a fine read (he is currently midway through Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach), Tyler drives a 1978 Porsche 928 whilst occasionally working on it with his dad, and creates his own music using my basses, guitars, and some Logic Pro X to put it all together. Tyler is sure that this generous scholarship will enhance his experience out west.
Charlotte Domittner-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee
Charlotte Domittner grew up in Darien and has loved being a part of this community. Throughout my high school career I have moved three times and attended three different high schools - starting at Darien High School, then to Lake Forest High School in Illinois, then to The American School of The Hague in The Netherlands, and returned to Darien High School for her senior year.
Charlotte changed her plan to attend Amherst College as a result of the pandemic and on-line learning. Her plan is to return next year after taking a year studying and working in Austria. She will be taking courses at the University of Vienna and working there when not in school.
Charlotte's father is Austrian and as a result has been able to experience two cultures, as well as, living abroad in The Netherlands for my junior year and attending an International school. Her goal is to become an international or human rights lawyer and have already taken some steps into achieving this goal.
When she returns, she plans on interning at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Miraal Maqsood-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee
Miraal is attending University of Connecticut in the ACES program and is on the pre-med track to become a doctor or possibly a specialist. She also has a passion for forensic science and pathology that she would like to pursue in college.
In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and ice skating, all of which she has been doing since middle school. Miraal is a digital photographer and is a self-taught henna artist. She loves to read all kinds of literature and volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium to raise awareness about the importance of protecting aquatic animals. Miraal would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for this generous award that will aid her future studies.
John Reynolds-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee
"I would like to thank the Darien Chamber of Commerce for awarding me this community scholarship! It is an honor and I truly appreciate the financial assistance."
John was the Vice President of Operations of Darien EMS Post 53. He also played lacrosse, and soccer at DHS. John is attending Gettysburg College, and plans on pursuing the pre-med track.
Srishti Sharma-Darien High School Scholarship Awardee
Srishti Sharma was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. Beginning as a Junior in Darien High School, her favorite subjects included humanities and environmental science. She enjoyed being a part of the Darien Cheer Team and having interesting conversations with her teachers. Her hobbies include dancing and traveling, both of which help her get an insight into different cultures and places. She will be attending the University of Connecticut at Stamford. Willing to work hard, she is going to major in Business Data Analytics and looks forward to participating as a member of the Business Connections Learning Community at the University of Connecticut Stamford.