Renee Cooper – Scholarship Recipient
From the young to the aging, Renee Cooper has been helping, serving and leading in our community for many years. Renee was part of a selected group of high school volunteers to participate in the Young Leaders afterschool program at Davenport Ridge Elementary School , which is a growth opportunity for 4th and 5th graders to learn how to become better leaders in the community by demonstrating positive behavior. In this program Renee collaborated with students in activities ranging from role playing for decision making to brainstorming community service opportunities. As a volunteer with Build On, Stamford’s largest volunteer service club, Renee participated in the First Presbyterian Church’s afterschool program, Creative Learning, to help underserved elementary school children with their homework, tutoring and providing guidance as needed for specific situations. As an active member of Stamford High School’s Gives Back Club, Renee has not only helped to raise money, she also was part of a group that extended volunteering to visiting Atria Stamford Senior Living residents on a weekly basis. She would engage residents in book club discussions and arts and crafts, and dance with them at holiday and social events, placing often-needed smiles on her partners’ faces. Renee also has had the opportunity to further demonstrate her leadership skills as one of the two captains of the Stamford High’s varsity field hockey team, taking on tasks that were needed on and off the field. In addition, Renee is a staff writer for the school newspaper and member of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, the National Honor Society, the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and a long-time volunteer at the Stamford Food Bank. The Selection Committee is pleased to present Renee Cooper with a scholarship this year.