The Davidson Fellow Scholarship offers monetary awards to extraordinary young people who have completed a significant piece of work in one of a variety of ﬁelds, including the arts. One of this year’s recipients was Cosimo Fabrizio ’18, who was awarded a $25,000 scholarship for his portfolio project “21st Century Jazz Music – The Search for Authenticity.” Cosimo says that being named a Davidson Fellow and joining this community of great young thinkers “motivates me to raise questions and seek ways to solve problems, in all aspects of my life.”
As a student at NA, Cosimo was very involved in school life. In addition to playing in NA’s jazz band Chameleon (which was named second in the nation at the 2018 Essentially Ellington Competition), he served as a captain of the varsity boys’ soccer team, as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Team’s executive board, and as a Peer Leader. He was one of four Ad Lumen Award winners from the Class of 2018. Outside of school, Cosimo was named a National Young Arts Foundation award winner, assisted at Grenada’s Ministry of Health during the Zika epidemic, worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s corporate office, and has been mentored by jazz great Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director.
“My time at NA, specifically my interactions and relationships with the faculty members, has played an indescribable role in shaping my thought process and the type of leader I want to be in the future,” says Cosimo. “I knew that their doors were always open for me, and that makes a world of a difference.”
Cosimo is a freshman at Cornell University, where he is a Cornell Tradition Fellow. He plans to pursue a career in politics and has a particular interest in the intersections between government and the arts.