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Norwalk High School Recipient Spotlight

Alex Libre

Alex's scholarship recipient comments:

Five years ago, I stood at this very podium, so honored and humbled to accept this scholarship award that I feared my trembling hands would prevent me from delivering my speech as prepared. And as I stand here now, I am no less overwhelmed, yet there is a steadiness to my hands that has developed over the last half-decade. Tonight, rather than facing the daunting task of promising to uphold Kevin’s legacy during my years at Dartmouth and beyond, I am thrilled to be able to share with you some of the ways in which I have.

First, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone in this room—to all of you—for enabling me to follow my dreams. Your generosity and inspiration have shaped the person I am today by giving me both the gift of education and a special connection with the person whom the Fund honors, and no words will ever truly capture my appreciation for your support.

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Lorena Sferlazza

Lorena's scholarship recipient comments:

Thank you Mr. Eidt for your kind introduction. And thank you, all of you, for gathering here tonight.

The Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship Fund for me is about community. It brings to life the memory of an 18 year old young man, whose love for his family, friends, each one of you, continues to bear witness even 19 years after his passing. Your support over the years has allowed me to pursue my passions at the College of the Holy Cross, and grow in a place where service to others is rooted at the core of its mission. You have enabled me to develop my art, study in Italy, work in an auction house, challenge my learning through Honors research, deepen my Catholic faith, and be moved by the overwhelming experience of community I have been blessed to know. Tonight, I’d like to share with you three of these communities that because of this fund, I have been blessed to be a part of.

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Please click HERE to read a little more about Lorena's accomplishments.

Eloise Libre

Eloise's scholarship recipient comments:

Good evening.

I am honored to be here. All of you are extremely special to me. While I never had the privilege of meeting Kevin, I know that he left a meaningful impression on everyone he met; his commitment to organizations and to other people was great, and has inspired much of what I have become. Tonight I’d like to talk about how your support and Kevin’s inspiration perpetuates beyond the winners of this scholarship.

When I stood before you five years ago to accept this prestigious award, I never could have guessed where I would be today. Because of this scholarship, I was lucky enough to graduate debt-free, and I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am for this. Graduating debt-free allowed me to accept an AmeriCorps internship in San Francisco. I am spending the year working for an environmental education program through the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Our program, called the Youth Stewardship Program, provides students all over San Francisco with a series of free field trips to parks within walking distance of their school. I teach hands-on lessons for 2nd-12th grade about topics such as ecosystems, plant and animal adaptations, urban gardening, and habitat restoration. For kids who rarely get a chance to explore outside, this is huge. For me, playing in the dirt with kids every day is the best job in the world!

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Despina Sidiropoulos

Despina's scholarship recipient comments:

"It is with mixed emotions that I stand before you this evening. Although I am sincerely honored and grateful for the scholarship that I was awarded five years ago, I cannot help but be saddened by the fact that it was established as a result of the tragic loss of Kevin Eidt. Even years after his passing, Kevin’s spirit continues to resonate in the Norwalk community, the Boston College community, and in those whose lives he touched."

"Kevin’s light permeates into the lives of others, inspiring those around him to share in his legacy. Edith Wharton once wrote: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it”. Kevin was the candle that lit the way for us to continue the journey. It is our responsibility to be the mirrors that reflect Kevin’s aspirations, ideals, and compassion that he had for others. By keeping Kevin’s ideals ever present in our lives, we can ensure that we will be sharing him with the rest of the world."

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Alyxie Harrick

Alyxie's scholarship recipient comments:

"I’d like to begin this evening by sharing a little of my background so you can better understand my gratitude, dedication, and drive. I am one of five children in a single-parent household. My father passed away when I was in elementary school, and in high school, my mom welcomed my two cousins to move-in with us when their parents passed. College for me meant student loans and full-time jobs."

"The Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship changed that. When I first applied five years ago, I made a promise in my application “to pursue my goals based on the morals and values in which I believe Kevin and I share so that I may add meaning to someone’s life, even if just one person.” Tonight, I would like to reflect upon the responsibility with which this scholarship charged me and to express how my loyalty to Kevin’s Fund became the engine that empowered me. Kevin fueled my strength and embedded in me a tenacity that enabled me to rise above the ordinary and to achieve extraordinary milestones."

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Kara Bess

Kara graduated with honors from Columbia University in May 2011 with a major in History and concentration in Psychology. Kara is currently working as an Associate at Sapient Global Markets, a leading provider of services in financial and commodity markets. Kara is engaged to Chase McCaleb, to be married this June. After the wedding, the couple will reside on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

Kevin’s Fund is honored to welcome Kara-Lynne, the eleventh recipient of the Norwalk High School scholarship to graduate from college, this evening to share her journey with us.

Kara’s reflection on her scholarship follows:

“I imagine that Kevin believed that any experience was a good experience, as he embraced all that he did with enthusiasm and steadfast dedication. He understood the value of involvement in a wide range of activities at a young age, how to truly enrich life through both breadth and depth by experiencing as much as he could. Though his time here was cut too short, Kevin had already pursued countless experiences. The positive outlook with which he approached life was surely evident to those who knew him personally, as it is even apparent to those of us who have only had the pleasure of hearing or reading about his accomplishments.

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Lauren O'Hagan

Lauren graduated Cum Laude from The College of William and Mary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Lauren is currently attending the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, class of 2014.

At William and Mary, Lauren became immersed in the history of the Williamsburg, VA and of the College by joining the Spotswood Society, a student historical society, where she gave tours of the Wren building and the historic campus. Lauren was active in her campus community as a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, which held multiple philanthropic events to benefit Service for Sight. In the Williamsburg community, Lauren volunteered with ARC, where she participated in activities with people with intellectual disabilities, and took part in various other community projects. She was a member of the Ballroom Dance Club and Team, through which she participated in several competitions and volunteered in local elementary schools teaching ballroom dance to students.

Throughout her junior and senior years and during the summer before her senior year, Lauren did research in microbiology through the Biology department. She presented a poster of her research project at the American Society for Microbiology Meeting in San Diego. Lauren was also involved in the arts, taking studio classes in ceramics and architectural design and volunteered catering events at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

In describing what the scholarship has meant to her, Lauren wrote, “The Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship has allowed me to achieve my academic goals and has helped to make my graduate education a reality, but it has been so much more than that. Being a part of Kevin’s legacy is a tremendous honor, and it has given me a humbling perspective. My academic and personal pursuits are only a small fraction of the vast service and achievements of previous scholarship recipients, who all follow in the footsteps of Kevin. Throughout college, I have often thought of Kevin, who was truly remarkable in how he served his community, lived his life with purpose, and still continues to inspire. I happily keep Kevin in my heart as I pursue my goals and try to lead a life of purpose.”

Prior Recipients

2005 -- Jessica Bruno

2004 -- Elana Ben-Porat

2003 -- Thomas Wagner

2002 -- Laura Sharp

2001 -- Lauriann Kress

Please click HERE to see profiles for these scholarship fund recipients.

Latest News

2018 Scholarship Recipient Announced

Congratulations to Katerina Karaiskos, the 2018 recipient of $100,000 Kevin M. Eidt Memorial Scholarship for the most outstanding senior at Norwalk High School. She was recognized at the annual Dinner Dance benefit held in Norwalk on Saturday April 7, 2018. Katerina will be attending Cornell University in the fall.

Katerina Karaiskos

Connecticut State General Assembly Citation

Kevin's Fund was a recipient of an official citation from the state of Connecticut in recognition of 22 years of public charitable support and service to the Norwalk community, a lifetime achievement of $2M in scholarship awardsm and for having the largest individual merit based award worth $100,000.

Kevin Eidt Emerging Leaders Awards

Congratulations to Fatou Sall BC '21, who was named the recipient of Kevin Eidt Memorial Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Scholarship at Boston College on April 10, 2018 and to Noella D'Souza BC '20 who received a special ELP program 30th anniversity facilitator award at the reunion event on April 14, 2018.

Alyxie Harrick Joins Selection Committee

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Alyxie Harrick, 2008 recipient of Kevin's Norwalk High scholarship, has joined the Scholarship Selection Committee beginning with the 2018 award. Alyxie is a 2012 graduate of Georgetown University, and currently a Senior Consultant, Corporate Strategy with Deloitte in New York City.

2018 Scholarships Awards

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin's Fund will be offering $129,000 in scholarships for 2018, bringing the total value of scholarships awarded to $2M since the Fund's inception in 1997. Please read our Thanksgiving update letter for more details.

2017 Annual Report Letter

Read The Fund's annual update letter reviewing a remarkable year of success and support.

Scholarship Fund Accomplishments as of June 30, 2017
Funding as % of Contributions99.4%

Recent Winners

2016 - Ava Rosato

2015 - Kim Devine

2014 - Brody O'Brien

2013 - Nina Robertson

2012 - Alexander Libre