Press Release: Anna Coon named eighth Derwin scholar

Anna Coon named eighth Derwin scholar

June 21, 2018

Sheffield, Mass. — Anna Coon, 16, of Sharon, Conn., is the eighth recipient of the $105,000 Margaret Derwin Scholarship, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation named in memory of a beloved 2005 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This annual award supports a Housatonic junior who, like Margaret Derwin, demonstrates a commitment to achieving his or her dreams.

Anna will receive as much as $25,000 annually toward college tuition and other costs, and up to $5,000 for an overseas community service program. Using these funds, she traveled to Costa Rica this summer through Global Leadership Adventures to volunteer at rural schools and work with local children and families.

Among her numerous extracurricular activities, Anna has coached a youth cheerleading team in Amenia, N.Y., for almost four years — a role that has inspired her to search for a career that allows her to help others. While Anna is still contemplating her major and college, she is drawn to the fields of political science, environmental law and civil law.

 “I am so excited to see what my future holds, and thanks to the incredible people who fund this scholarship, there are so many more doors that I have the chance to open,” Anna said. “This scholarship is life-changing, and I intend to take advantage of what it has to offer.”

The application process for all of Berkshire Taconic’s scholarships is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchScholarships.

About Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Now in its 30th year, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities by inspiring charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. A nonprofit public charity with $152 million in assets, the foundation distributed a total of $6.5 million through grants and scholarships in 2017 to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services, and environmental protection. You can make a difference. We can help. www.berkshiretaconic.org






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