On July 26th the MIT AgeLab, in partnership with the New England University Transportation Center and AARP, presented the inaugural OMEGA scholarship to Lauren Miller, a rising senior at Newton South High School. The OMEGA scholarship recognizes young people who work to foster intergenerational connections within their communities.
Lauren cofounded a student group called Crossing Generations, which organizes events to connect high schoolers with local senior citizens. Through her activities, Lauren has shared the insight - so rare among teens - that young adults and elders have much to learn from each other. For her efforts, she received a commendation from the City of Newton.
The award was presented in the AgeLab studio before Lauren's family, one of her teachers, a staff member from the Newton Senior Center, and AgeLab staff members and associates. Dr. Joe Coughlin, AgeLab/New England UTC director, and Michael E. Festa, Massachusetts State Director of AARP, also spoke about the value of Lauren's work. The OMEGA scholarship will provide $1000 toward Lauren's college tuition, and an additional $1000 to Newton South High to continue Lauren's intergenerational efforts.
OMEGA, which stands for Opportunities for Multigenerational Engagement, Growth, and Action, was created by the MIT AgeLab to support the development and growth of student programs and clubs that connect high school students with older adults. With AARP and the New England UTC, AgeLab will be pleased to continue offering the OMEGA scholarship for the coming academic year.
Learn more about the OMEGA scholarship and access the scholarship application here.