Local organizations award scholarships

Wilton High School seniors Ian Filaski, Hannah Armstrong, Meredith Nash, Emma Snyder, Claire Burke, Meaghan Downey and Jessica Wiener recently received scholarships from local organizations.

Fairfield County Bank

Ian and Hannah each received Fairfield County Bank’s annual Scholarship Award, which honors academic achievement, good character and service to Wilton High School and the Wilton community.

In the fall, Ian will attend Northeastern University in Boston and Hannah will attend the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Chamber of Commerce

Meredith was the recipient of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 scholarship for her demonstration of leadership, volunteerism and community service.

The Chamber uses money it raises from events held throughout the year to fund the annual scholarship for high school seniors.

Elizabeth Sternad Scholarship

Claire, Meaghan and Jessica each received the Wilton Woman’s Club’s Elizabeth Sternad Scholarship.

The girls were awarded the scholarships at Wilton High School’s Academic Awards  Ceremony on May 25, for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and commitment to community service.

The scholarship is named for Wilton Woman’s Club founder Elizabeth Sternad, who started the club with friends in 1966 to serve people and groups in the community, give back through philanthropy, educate, and strengthen bonds between women.

Stacey Savas, chair of the club’s scholarship committee, said this year's scholarship recipients impressed club members with “the depth of their commitment to helping others,” and she is “confident that they will continue to impact their communities in college and beyond.”

Claire serves as president of Best Buddies, a club whose goal is to foster friendships between students with intellectual disabilities and peers. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Peervention, Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers as a basketball coach. Claire will be attending the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va.

Meaghan is a Key Club and National Honor Society officer, SafeRides driver, and is part of the YMCA’s Basketball Outreach Program. She will be attending Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Jessica is a National Honor Society tutor, Girl Scout troop assistant, sponsor to an indigent child in Honduras, Special Olympics volunteer, and served as a Weill Cornell Breast Cancer clinical research intern volunteer. She is also a member of the Evergreen Performers, a group of 11 high school musicians who play at nursing homes in Wilton. Jessica will be attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Wildman Memorial Scholarship

Emma was one of four high school seniors to receive the Jonathan Peter Wildman Memorial Scholarship during the June 11 Sunday service at the United Church of Rowayton in Norwalk.

The scholarship is awarded to members of the United Church of Rowayton, who are “graduating high school students and have demonstrated Christian beliefs through activities within the church and/or community and plan to continue their formal education,” according to the church’s website.

Church members Kathy and Peter Wildman set up the scholarship fund in memory of their infant son Jonathan, who died in 1997.

Applicants must be members of the United Church of Rowayton, serve the church or community, and have plans for a formal education to be considered for the scholarship..

They must also submit an essay giving their qualifications and educational plans, as well as a letter of recommendation from a minister, teacher, guidance counselor or an adult friend who has known them for more than five years.

Emma was the only scholarship winner from Wilton this year. The other three are seniors at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

Emma will attend Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore in the fall, where she plans to major in political science and minor in international relations.