With passion for architecture, Norwalk student receives $100K Kevin Eidt scholarship


NORWALK — Norwalk High School senior Michael Bonsangue first heard of the $100,000 Kevin Eidt Memorial Scholarship in 2016, when his sister was a finalist.

On Saturday, Bonsangue became the scholarship’s 26th recipient.

Bonsangue said he was genuinely surprised when he was notified about being chosen for the coveted scholarship.

“Receiving the call, I didn’t know what to expect,” Bonsangue said. “I was sitting in the room waiting and thought there was a good probability I would keep waiting for nothing.”

The scholarship and Kevin’s Fund was founded following the death of 1996 Norwalk High School graduate and Boston College student Kevin Eidt. Helen and Chris Eidt established the fund and scholarship to honor their son’s memory. Kevin Eidt died from cardiac arrest while playing intramural basketball during his freshman year at Boston College.

The first Kevin Eidt Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 1997 to his friend, Gregory Calnon. Calnon presented Bonsangue with his award from him Saturday in front of a gathering of about 135 attendees and nine past scholarship recipients, according to a statement by Kevin’s Fund.

Bonsangue plans to study architecture in college, but is still deciding between University of Massachusetts and George Washington University. Bonsangue said he would enter UMass Amherst as an architecture major while the George Washington program would be focused on interior architecture.