Leah Ciccone is one of the two recipients of the 2015 David Knapp Scholarship.
Leah in a school portrait
Undergraduate Award Winner
Leah Ciccone of Wolcott, CT
The winner of the Undergraduate Award is a promising student and activist who has developed an impressive resume in her hometown of Wolcott and as a graduate of Wolcott High School. An “A” student ranked in the upper third of her class, she did not shy away from championing social equality issues among the student body and faculty.
“As an openly gay student in the public school system, I faced intolerances and inequalities daily and was not given the tools or lessons to know how to deal with the discrimination that I endured.”
Leah said she knew that LGBT equality awareness and social issues needed to be further brought to light in her school and so she decided to use her passion as means of solving these problems.
She volunteered for many LGBT organizations including True Color, Boston Pride, The Ally Coalition, and hosted a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). For her capstone project, she directed a production a production of The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman, about Matthew Shepard.
“Bringing this show to a predominately discriminatory small town community was risky, but proved to be extremely effective in sparking discussion about LGBT rights and inequalities.”
Leah is pursuing a double major in political science and musical theater at Western Connecticut State University. Following college, she wants to focus on LGBT themes in theater before leading a human rights organization and entering into politics. Leah certainly got our vote!