Danbury High grad wins scholarship for Egghead Ice Cream project
DANBURY — Local inventor Hannah Pucci is one of 12 students across Connecticut and New York City to receive a scholarship from the Milton Fisher Fund for Innovation and Creativity this fall.
The scholarship is designed to award innovative problem solving, and Pucci was honored for her work on Egghead Ice Cream, an award-winning project that began when she was a Danbury middle school student and that she has since patented.
The recent Danbury High School graduate is now a student a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the fund, which is run through The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven by the Renee B. Fisher Foundation.
Egghead Ice Cream offers pre-packaged, egg-shaped ice cream balls that fit perfectly into a standard cone without the hassle of scooping it out of a separate carton.
The idea started as Pucci’s project for the Invention Convention in 2011 when she was a student at Rogers Park Middle School.
It went on to win a Blue Ribbon Award and the Whole Foods “Food Innovation Award” at the 2012 state convention.
Pucci won a $10,000 grant last year to further improve the concept from the CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards and she has been awarded a patent for her novel idea.
Pucci is one of five students to receive a $2,500 scholarship and seven high school students will be awarded a combined total of $120,000 in scholarships payable over four years of college.