2024 Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Award! To apply, please complete the online application below, by March 15, 2024, and email the following documents to info@colleenritzer.org or mail to: Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 1269, Andover, MA 01810 or attach with this form: 1. A completed and signed application form. 2. A copy of your high school transcript.* 3. A copy of your school's profile.* 4. One letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.* *Ask your guidance department and/or teacher to provide items #2, #3 and #4 to you in a sealed envelope, mail them directly to the address below or they can send them electronically to info@colleenritzer.org (electronically is preferred). Give your Guidance department 1-2 weeks to process your request. Thank you for applying!

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Please list school, athletic, community or family activities in order of their importance to you, responsibilities or positions held, and the years participated (9,10,11,12). For example, Student Government, Math Club, Hockey, Caring for Family Members, etc. Include summer and employment activities.
Please describe in the space below which of these activities was most meaningful you and why.
Please describe any awards or special recognition for academic achievement or community service. Include scholarship awards here.
Please describe in the space below (or on an attached sheet) in no more than 200 words your plans for college, as best as you know them now, and answer the following question: “How do you expect the next four years of college to prepare you for life, career, or both?”
Colleen Ritzer, the young woman for whom this scholarship is named, had a passion for teaching from a very young age. In her college essay she wrote: “Teachers have been an inspiration to me ever since I was just a young girl. Starting in pre-school, I knew I loved helping the teachers and would one day want to be just like them. My dream is to become a teacher, one who shapes the minds and lives of children. My goal has always been to become a teacher that will impact students’ lives.” * In a typed essay below or as an attachment, of no more than 500 words, please describe why you want to pursue a degree in education and what or who has inspired you. * To learn more about Colleen’s passion for teaching, her students and family, please visit the scholarship website at www.colleenritzer.org
If you feel there is something else, we should know about you, which could influence our decision in awarding this scholarship, please share such information in the space below.
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