The General Federation of Women's Clubs Milford Young Women's Club announced the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Helen Langner Scholarship for $1,000: Raeven Grant.
Raeven is a senior who will be graduating from Jonathan Law High School in June and will attend Yale University as a biochemistry - linguistics major.
Raeven has been a strong advocate of community service. She has been a volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital for the last two years, a volunteer at the Milford Public Library, a Natural Helper at the high school, a volunteer at the Milford Senior Citizen Center, and more.
During her time at Jonathan Law High School Raeven has received many accolades for her dedication and intellect. Most noteworthy are being a CAPT scholar, recipient of the Mount Holyoke Book Award, Excellence in Spanish and Business Awards, and Captain of the Science Team. Through her volunteering at the YMCA she was given the Volunteer of the Year Award and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. She is also in the National Honor Society as the secretary, an AP Scholar with Distinction and will have completed 10 AP courses upon graduation.
This science scholarship fund was established in memory of Dr. Helen Langner who died in 1997 at the age of 105. She was well known as a psychiatrist and environmentalist in Milford. The scholarship is awarded to a Milford woman who is going to attend or is already enrolled in college studying in the science or medical field.
Helen Langner was born on May 9,1892 in Meriden. Her family moved to Milford when she was two years old, and she lived in Milford most of her 105 years. After graduating from Milford High School in 1910 she was encouraged by her father to attend Hunter College in New York City, where she graduated in 1914.
Since there were no colleges in Connecticut that would admit women at that time it made sense for her to leave her hometown. She worked as a science teacher in New York City for a few years and then during WWI she worked at St. Luke's and thought she might be interested in a career in nursing. Under her father’s guidance she instead sought a career in medicine.
As only the fourth woman to be admitted to Yale School of Medicine she graduated in 1922 and became a psychiatrist. She led a distinguished career in organizing child guidance clinics in four locations throughout the United States in 1929. In the 1930s she established a practice in New York City and she commuted by train from Milford to her office. She also worked at Silver Hills in New Canaan. Dr. Langner retired at the age of 78 but was still a consultant at Milford Hospital.
Dr. Telka diFate, president of the GFWC-MYWC, sat on the committee that interviewed Raeven Grant.
“Raeven exemplifies the type of student we are looking for in awarding this scholarship,” said diFate. “As a volunteer organization we especially want the scholarship recipient to understand the importance of dedicating time to helping others. We have had some wonderful young women receive this award in the past too. Raeven definitely understands this concept and we are proud to award her the scholarship.”
For information about donating to the scholarship fund or the Milford Young Women's Club and Girl's Volunteer Organization call 203-877-7921 or email: MYWC@optonline.net.