August 6, 2021


The Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation announced their 2021 Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners. The Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of Raymond F. Gates, Jr. following his tragic death in an automobile accident. Mr. Gates was the Executive Vice President of the Connecticut REALTORS®. Over the past 45 years, children of REALTORS® have been awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation received 100 applications. This year, 41 outstanding children of CT REALTORS® were selected to receive a total of $51,750 in scholarships.

The Darien Board of REALTORS is proud to announce three (3) Darien teens were among the 41 selected. Congratulations to all!

Alexander de Castro graduated from Darien High School and will attend Georgetown University in the fall to study business and healthcare. He wants to get into public policy and believes business and government can work together to affect positive change. Active in Darien’s DECA Business Club, he and his team have qualified 3 times for the DECA International Development Conference. Alexander was on the Varsity Tennis Team and a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Alexander is the son of REALTOR® Robyn de Castro with Houlihan Lawrence.

C. Alexander Peters graduated from Rye Country Day School in June. He will attend Wake Forest University to major in Biology, Health and Sociology along with a business minor. For the last three years, he has been interning for a doctor at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. and has been focused on kidney disease education and prevention. Among other things, he looked at causes of recurring issues among patients and developed educational materials in various languages. He also raised funds and assisted in the design of a patient pretransplant mobile app with multiple language options. He believes in the need to bring equal access and quality care to all Americans and wants to be part of that change. Alexander is the son of Astrid Peters, a REALTOR® with Brown Harris Stevens.

Shannon Kelly currently attends Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Despite her freshman year being done entirely virtually, Shannon has been able to maintain her academic performance while dealing with the challenges of off-campus apartment living. Shannon was an Advanced Academic/ Academic Award winner, receiving High Honors throughout most of her high school years and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society her senior year. She is now part of Eta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Shannon is the daughter of Designated REALTOR® Jeffrey Kelly with Houlihan Lawrence.

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