Dec. 4, 2014
-- STAMFORD, CT
-- The World Affairs Forum is pleased to announce that Alexandra “Lexi” Kelley, a senior at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut, is the winner of the Future Global Leader Award for Fairfield County and the $10,000 Merit Scholarship for college. The award program is funded this year by Pitney Bowes, Inc. and an anonymous donor.
An award ceremony will be held in conjunction with the World Affairs Forum’s Global Economic Trends Lecture at MasterCard Worldwide Headquarters. The event will take place this evening, December 4th, and Tim McGee, Director of Macro Strategy and Research, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management will be the guest speaker. His topic will be “Economic Implications of Global Rebalancing”
Lexi founded Kids Helping Kids, an organization that develops leadership skills through youth-led service projects. She also participates in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including an a cappella group, basketball, softball and overseas volunteer trips. Lexi is a published author in “Stand Up”, a collection of stories by 75 of the world’s most dynamic young activists. She has also received numerous accolades, such as Stamford Magazine’s “Teen to Watch” designation and Channel 12’s “Hometown Hero” Award.
The Forum also announces that the runner-up is Uma Ramesh, a senior at Greenwich High School, who will receive a $1,000 Merit Scholarship. She also has an impressive academic record and robust involvement in extracurricular activities. She is a member of the French Honor Society, co-president of Gender Equality Now and has served as a Junior Intern for Vimochana, a Bangalore-based women’s rights NGO. Uma also serves on the Youth Board of Director for Abilis, a non-profit whose mission is the integration of individuals with disabilities into their local communities.
Kelley and Ramesh were chosen from an impressive group of students selected by participating high schools in Fairfield County as their schools’ Future Global Leaders. These leaders were then eligible to compete for the $10,000 Merit Scholarship. The principals at each participating high school selected their schools’ future global leader based on criteria established by the World Affairs Forum. A WAF committee selected the merit scholarship winner and the runner-up based on the same criteria.
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