As part of our commitment to education & career, the DEC NETWORK® provides several free seminars to the local community and offers pro bono services to families in need.

In addition, the DEC NETWORK sponsors an annual scholarship to a Ridgefield High School student who plans to pursue a college education upon graduation. The selection criteria include demonstration of a positive attitude, enthusiastic spirit, academic integrity and community/ school leadership.

DEC scholarship recipients include:

  • Harriette Thomas, Class of 2025, University of Washington- Seattle
  • Raquel Robinson, Class of 2024, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Hunter Sims, Class of 2023, University of North Texas
  • Brandon Grizzaffi, Class of 2022, Fairfield University
  • Nicole Brassinga, Class of 2021, University of Connecticut
  • Jordan Roth, Class of 2020, Boston University
  • Caroline Treschitta, Class of 2019, American University
  • Margaret Brassinga, Class of 2018, James Madison University
  • Niamh Carruthers, Class of 2017, Loyola University of Maryland
  • Adam Lobelson, Class of 2016, University of Connecticut
  • Aislinn Walsh Class of 2015, University of Connecticut
  • Alex Trombetta Class of 2014, Boston College
  • Lauren Peterson Class of 2013, University of Virginia
  • Kerrie Riley Class of 2012, University of Richmond
  • Kil Ho Lee Class of 2011, University of Michigan

Finally, the DEC NETWORK has supported several organizations including:

  • Forest Ranger Scholarship Fund
  • Ridgefield Library
  • The IECA Foundation
  • Inspire a Life, Rice Memorial High School
  • A Better Chance (ABC House)
  • Connecticut Special Olympics
  • Ridgefield’s Boys and Girls Club