2011 Scholarship Recipients

Grace Altamura

Stamford High School

Grace is a senior at Stamford High School with a 3.88 GPA. In addition to being an outstanding student, and athlete, she is deeply dedicated to community service. She served as President of “buildOn” for two years and as a Youth Group Advisor.

Grace has devoted more than 450 hours of service to the local community including: the Boys and Girls Club as a counselor, tutor and role model; Our Lady of Grace preschool and kindergarten as a literature assistant; The Stamford Museum and Nature Center volunteering for events such as Maple Sugar Sunday and Spring on the Farm; The Stamford Historical Society helping with their Touch a Truck event and anniversary celebrations; and The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County participating in food collections.

Outside of Stamford, Grace participated as a Bank of America Student Leader at the Washington, D.C. National Park cleanup and was chosen from her high school to spend two weeks in Nicaragua to help build a school.

“One of the most multi-talented students Stamford High has to offer. Grace serves as a leader, role model and hard worker for our students.”

The Selection Committee proudly chose Grace as a scholarship winner this year.

Andrew Bishop

Stamford High School

Andrew is a senior at Stamford High School with a 3.65 GPA. Andrew has dedicated himself to “buildOn,” serving during his junior year as the Vice President of Sponsorship and leading his peers to raise more than $4,000 to build schools in rural villages.

Andrew was one of two students selected to travel to Nicaragua to build a school. He immersed himself in this cultural experience and helped to motivate the team. Andrew also returned to the village five months later to bring school supplies and to teach English in the school that he built, raising his own money to make the second trip.

The Stamford community benefits from Andrew’s passion for service. He volunteers at Jumpstart, a special needs classroom at the Jewish Community Center, helped assemble and deliver Thanksgiving baskets to needy families for St. John’s Lutheran Church, helped with cleanup projects at the Haitian Community Center, the Yerwood Center, and the Mill River playground, and volunteers regularly at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

“Not only does he lead by example to consistently serve his community, but he works hard to encourage others to do the same.”

With great admiration and gratitude, the Selection Committee named Andrew a scholarship recipient.

Michelle Greenman

Westhill High School

Michelle is a senior at Westhill High School with a 3.74 GPA. In addition to being an excellent student and Lacrosse player, Michelle has devoted herself to The Friendship Circle throughout her high school years and serves on their Teen Board. She visits a young girl with Tuberous Sclerosis every week and has spent more than 150 hours providing fun and friendship to her special friend.

Her leadership ability has also been demonstrated through her service as President of the Environment Heroes Club at Westhill, contributing more than 120 hours of service to environmental projects such as Mill River clean ups and recycling programs in the community. She has also served as a medical volunteer for the New York City Marathon, recording athletes’ injuries. Michelle uses her athletic talent to coach lacrosse for 2nd and 4th grade girls.

Michelle spent the summer of 2009 in a small Peruvian village creating canals for irrigation, building bathrooms at a school and putting eco-efficient stoves in homes to improve the quality of life for the people in that village.

“Michelle’s rare blend of spirituality, tenacity and communication skills inspires others to take action.”

The Selection Committee is honored to select Michelle as one of its scholarship recipients.

Phebe Mathai

–– High School

Phebe also serves as VP of Service for “buildOn,” where she devoted 383 hours to service projects for a range of organizations from the Soup Kitchen and The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County to Kids in Crisis, Domus, and St. Luke’s Lifeworks. Since Phebe’s freshman year, she has been involved in the Hillandale Best Buddies Program, giving personal attention to pre-school students, and in the Ferguson Library’s Summer Reading Program.

One of Phebe’s many talents is her beautiful voice. She sings in the church choir at the International Gospel Church of CT and serves as a group leader in the Youth Outreach Program, where she assists students individually, and in-group.

“A bright, kind, charismatic individual whose tremendous warmth is infectious. Her leadership and ability to connect with others are the qualities that Phebe excels in beyond her peers.”

Rachel Winsor

Stamford High School

Rachel is a senior at Stamford High School with a 3.53 GPA. Her passion for science and technology has motivated her to teach others these critical skills through Robotics, a fun and creative way to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She has devoted more than 400 hours to Stamford Robotics by leading Junior FIRST Lego League programs and planning Expo events. Rachel coordinates volunteers and coaches elementary school students, engaging them in meaningful and intellectually stimulating activities. She also mentors 6 – 13 year olds in robotics for the YMCA Lead Academy and has served as trainer, mentor and facilitator to almost 200 girls in the Girl Scouts of Connecticut STEM program.

In addition to Rachel’s dedication to robotics, she volunteers for other community activities such as the Ferguson Library Summer Reading Program, the American Cancer Society Carnival for the Cure, and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center’s Lego exhibit. She also visits the elderly at Scofield Manor, and participated in the 2009 Mayoral campaign canvassing for candidates.

“She understands the value of learning through teaching. She possesses the ease and maturity of someone who has had years of experience commanding audiences.”