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Fairfield County Alumni Association Creates Book Award for High School Juniors

Nearly 20 students became the first recipients in June

Author David Brooks speaks at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts in July.

Nearly 20 Fairfield County high school juniors who excelled throughout their educational career and made significant extracurricular contributions to their communities were honored in June with the new Sacred Heart University Book Award.

The Fairfield County Chapter of the SHU Alumni Association established the award to expand its presence in the area, to align itself with other prestigious universities that bestow similar awards—such as Yale and Brown —and to recognize students’ achievements. The award included a copy of David Brooks’ The Road to Character.

Earlier this year, Fairfield County high school principals received letters informing them about the award and inviting them to participate in granting it to one worthy junior who demonstrated determination, intelligence and achievement. 

Trumbull resident Alice Ferreira ’91, president of the Fairfield County alumni chapter, said members of the alumni association, advancement office and faculty decided which book should accompany the award. “We had to pick something that was inspiring, that was thoughtful,” she said. “Something that supported the SHU mission about serving others.” The Brooks book fit the bill.

“We are pleased by this first year’s results, and we hope to expand,” Ferreira said. With a great response from local high schools, the hope is have SHU’s alumni chapters in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. present the award to students in their areas next year. Expanding the award recognizes and honors more students and creates more awareness of Sacred Heart.

“We are excited to present talented juniors with a special recognition acknowledging their outstanding achievements,” said Todd Gibbs, executive director of alumni relations at SHU. “One of the key priorities of the alumni association is community outreach, and we support its mission of helping young, talented students reach their full intellectual potential.”

For more information on the Sacred Heart Book Award, contact Ferreira at