October 27, 2021
Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE) today announced the names of five U.S. students who received $5,000 toward college tuition in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab’s sixth annual OMEGA scholarship awards program, which is sponsored by Five Star. The OMEGA scholarships recognize students for leading efforts in their high schools and communities to foster intergenerational connections. Each recipient’s school or community partner also received $1,000 to continue its intergenerational efforts. The 2021 OMEGA scholarship winners are:
Sabine Arndt, Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, California, now a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her “Technology Tutors” program paired students with older adults to teach technology and promote multigenerational relationship-building.
Darren Tran and Armaan Tipirneni, seniors, Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts. Their “Lexington Intergenerational Outreach Club” pairs students with older adults needing help with tasks. In their special initiative, “Project Wisdom,” the Lexington Historical Society will archive student interviews with older adults.
Alli Brophy, Gilbert High School, Gilbert, South Carolina, now a student at Winthrop University. Her group, “Generations Connections,” recruited students to call and write letters during the pandemic to alleviate social isolation and loneliness among older adults.
C’Lannye James, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Roxbury, Massachusetts, now a student at Union College. A leader in the “Community Voices: Speaking Truth” program at the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service (CCHERS, Inc.), C’Lannye and her group conducted virtual and live wellness check-ins with Black and Latinx residents in Roxbury.
“At Five Star, our mission is to enrich and inspire the journey of life, one experience at a time,” said Zehra Abid-Wood, Five Star’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Implementation. “The students recognized through the OMEGA program model the empathy and respect necessary to advance the quality of life for older adults. We admire their innovation and commitment to facilitating the intergenerational friendships that are so meaningful to younger and older individuals.”
OMEGA, which stands for Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action, was created to support the development and growth of student programs and clubs that connect high school students with older adults. Five Star Senior Living has sponsored the MIT AgeLab’s OMEGA scholarship program since 2020.