Six Andover High School graduates who plan to pursue careers in education are among the recipients of the first Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarships.
Ritzer’s parents, Tom and Peggie, and her siblings, Dan and Laura, presented the scholarships at the high school’s annual awards breakfast prior to graduation on Monday, June 9.
Like Ritzer, the Andover High students singled out demonstrate a passion for teaching and academic excellence and possess a great love of family, the Ritzers say. They were awarded scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500, for a total of $12,000.
The recipients include:
Christine A. Aumais, who will attend UMass Amherst to pursue the education field with the dream of becoming a social studies teacher.
Courtney L. Comeau, who will attend UMass Amherst to pursue a degree in education, building on her skills as a coach for special needs children for the past five years.
Elizabeth P. Dever, who will enroll in the five-year education program at the University of Connecticut to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her mother, who recently began a second career as a teacher, inspired her to pursue education as a profession.
Emily J. Felter, who will attend Endicott College in Beverly to pursue a degree in elementary education. As a swim instructor who worked with a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, her passion for teaching grew through both of their successes.
Jessica C. Ferronetti, who will attend Assumption College in Worcester, Ritzer’s alma mater, to pursue a degree in secondary education with a concentration in math or Spanish
Carly N. Sakellarios, who will also attend Assumption College to pursue a degree in education. Since she was in kindergarten, she has expressed a dream to become a teacher.
A similar number of scholarships were awarded to Danvers High graduates earlier this month for a total of $24,000 handed out to graduating high seniors in the fund’s first year.