Honoring Individuals Who Make A Difference

For 80 years, the City of Stamford has recognized a Stamford resident for his or her service to the community. Since its founding in 1945, The City of Stamford Citizen of the Year program has been sponsored on behalf of the City of Stamford by The Fred Robbins Post 142, Jewish War Veterans of The United States. This proud tradition continues and our original mission has been greatly expanded.

Honoring individuals who have truly made a difference in our community through their voluntary service and participation in civic life.

Honoring Our Students

Since 2005, through JWV Community Scholarships a (501(c)(3) charity), we have awarded over $705,000 in scholarships at the annual Citizen of the Year dinner to 111 seniors from area high schools who live and volunteer in Stamford. These students are recognized for their outstanding service and contribution to our community. Each scholarship is awarded in honor of a U.S. Veteran, who is also recognized for his/her service to our country and our community.

Our children are our community’s future Citizens of the Year. It is only fitting that we recognize high school students who give of themselves to improve the quality of life in Stamford. By honoring exemplary Stamford student leaders with JWC Community Scholarships in concert with the Citizen of the Year program, we help them reach their academic goals and reinforce the importance of their volunteer work and commitment to helping others.

Honoring Our Veterans

In recognition of their service the program honors Veterans by awarding the scholarships in the names of Stamford veterans who have selflessly served our country and our community.

Veterans Park, Stamford, 1945; photo courtesy of Nick Scutti Collection

History of Stamford Citizen of the Year Award and JWV Community Scholarship Program

In the early 1940s Fred Robbins, a veteran who had served in both World War I and II, moved to Stamford from Baltimore, where he had been active in civic and veterans affairs, and had organized and run a successful Citizen of the Year recognition program. Once settled in Stamford and involved in our community affairs, Robbins approached then Mayor Webster Givens to sponsor a similar award here to what he had done in Baltimore.

This annual award was to honor an ordinary citizen who was an extraordinary member of the Stamford community. Robbins identified four parameters that the honoree had to exemplify: a demonstrated belief in interfaith harmony; high standards of responsibility in civic life; support of projects for the public welfare; and personally work with distinction to benefit Stamford on a community-wide basis.

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