Cheshire’s Lights of Hope has selected Cheshire High School, class of 2017 graduates, Helen Bian, and Abigail Marie Abramson, as the organization’s 2017 scholarship winners. Each will receive $2,000 in recognition of their extraordinary community service.
Cheshire’s Lights of Hope awards the scholarships annually to college-bound high school seniors living in Cheshire who best exemplify the organization’s mission of charity and volunteer-ism.
Bian, the daughter of Quianlong Bian and Yinghui Liu, and Abramson, the daughter of Stuart and Anne Abramson, have a long history of community service.
For the last four years, Bian has been a student volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital and at Elim Park Place Retirement Community in Cheshire, where she provided music therapy for residents.
She also volunteered for the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra and held leadership positions in the Cheshire High School Orchestra and String Club, the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and the Mock Trial Team. She spent summer enrolled in a summer internship at the Yale School of Medicine sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Bian is attending the UConn honors program studying pre-medicine.
Abramson was a five-year street captain and volunteer for Cheshire’s Lights of Hope and was president of the Cheshire High School chapter of Best Buddies. She founded Cheshire High’s Unified Theater program and also served as captain of the girls’ soccer and softball teams.
Her volunteer credits also include CHS Brave’s Veterans Day programs, St. Peter’s Church, the Cheshire Senior Center and Theresa’s Battleship. She was named a Connecticut Scholar Athlete in 2016-17.
Abramson is attending the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biological basis of behavior (neurology).
Founded in 2005 by Don and Jenifer Walsh, Cheshire’s Lights of Hope began among a small group of neighbors and expanded town wide in 2007. Through acts of kindness and generosity, the organization encourages good citizenship and promotes volunteer-ism while embracing and supporting local charities. The organization’s annual luminary event has raised more than $770,000 since its inception.
For information, visit www.cheshireslightsofhope.com.