Gillian Cohen, a senior at Calhoun High School, was the recipient of the prestigious, New York School Insurance Reciprocal/Cristin Bambino Memorial Scholarship totaling $5,000. The scholarship is granted to a college-bound special education student to award him or her for overcoming special challenges while completing high school and obtaining entrance to a college.
During her high school career, Cohen has played with Calhoun’s junior varsity girls tennis team and is currently the team manager for the varsity team. Additionally, she is an active member of the school’s World of Difference and Key clubs.
As a liver transplant recipient, Cohen also works closely with the Transplant Recipients International Organization and the New York State Organ Donor Network. She has spoken at various events reflecting on her experience as a transplant recipient and is also very active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, recently securing an internship.
On May 2, Cohen threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game as a representative for Make-A-Wish. She threw a perfect strike. Cohen plans on attending LIU Post in the fall.
Cohen was recognized by the Board of Education at its June 3 meeting.