Altrusa scholarships are awarded annually, in May, to non-traditional students who are at least 23 years old, live or work in Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, New Hampton or Sandwich NH and who are enrolled in at least three accredited courses.
Scholarships are intended for the following;
a. Individuals upgrading their job skills or acquiring skills for job entry. (for example, but not limited to - LNA programs, re-certification programs, cosmetology programs.)
b. Candidates enrolled for a minimum of three college credits at an accredited facility.
c. Graduates students.
Applications will be available in February at various locations around town or email:
The Altrusa Scholarship Committee will select candidates to be interviewed. Funds will be granted directly to the school/college. The scholarship will be payable for the first semester.
DR. JEANETTE A. RITZENTHALER SCHOLARSHIP
DR. RITZENTHALER WAS BORN IN SANDUSKY, OHIO. SHE RECEIVED HER
BACHELORS DEGREE FROM MARY MANSE COLLEGE, TOLEDO, OHIO,
HER MASTERS DEGREE FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AND HER
DOCTORATE DEGREE FROM RUTGERS UNIVERSITY.
JEANETTE HAD AN EXTENSIVE TEACHING CAREER WHICH INCLUDED
CHAIRING THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT SOUTH BRUNSWICK HIGH
SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY AND WORKING IN MIGRANT EDUCATION
DESIGNING CURRICULUM AND TEACHING BEFORE BECOMING FACULTY
AT SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY IN MANCHESTER, NEW
SHE SERVED AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE LOON PRESERVATTION
COMMITTEE AND DID TALKS ABOUT LOONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
SHE SERVED ON THE ADVISORY BOARD FOR THE NH HUMANITIES
COUNCIL WAS AN AWARD WINNING WRITER, POET AND FREE LANCE
PHOTOGRAPHER AS WELL AS AN ARTIST IN HER FREE TIME.
JEANETTE LOVED THE OUT OF DOORS AS CAN BE SEEN IN HER
WRITINGS AND POETRY. WHEN SHE WASN’T OUT WALKING WITH HER
TWO BELOVED SAMOYEDS SHE COULD BE FOUND FISHING IN NORTH
SANDWICH OR ICE FISHING ON LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE!
HER MOST TREASURED HONOR WAS THAT OF RECEIVING THE
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD GIVEN TO OUTSTANDING FACULTY AT
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY EACH YEAR.
JEANETTE TAUGHT MANY STUDENTS OVER THE YEARS AND INFLUENCED
MANY LIVES, ONE IN PARTICULAR WAS ANNA QUINDLEN THE AUTHOR OF
ONE TRUE THING. ALTHOUGH HER CHARACTERS WERE FICTIONAL, SHE
TOLD “MISS RITZ” THAT THE ENGLISH TEACHER IN THIS BOOK WAS
“MISS RITZ”, A REAL PERSON.
ALTRUSA HAD A SPECIAL PLACE IN JEANETTE’S HEART, SHE BELIEVED IN
GIVING BACK TO HER COMMUNITY. THE FOUNDER AND FIRST
PRESIDENT OF THE ALTRUSA CLUB OF MEREDITH, JEANETTE SERVED AS
DISTRICT ONE PARLIAMENTARIAN AND DISTRICT ONE SECRETARY AND
SERVEDON MANY OTHER COMMITTEES BOTH AT THE CLUB AND
JEANETTE TOUCHED MANY PEOPLE WITH HER TRUE DESIRE FOR
EDUCATION AND LEARNING.
SHE WOULD MAKE EVERYONE FEEL THAT
THEY COULD REACH THE MOON AND OF COURSE ACHIEVE IT!
Marian was raised in Milton, Massachusetts.
Upon graduation from high school she
began working for the John Hancock Mutual
Life Insurance Company in Boston.
While living at home, she put herself through
Boston College attending classes at night.
Later she earned her Masters Degree in Education at Boston State College (now University of Massachusetts,
not only valued her own education, but that of her younger brother whom she
helped financially to earn his degree.
Once she had her college degree in hand, she
left John Hancock for an elementary
education teaching position in Bridgewater, MA.
She loved teaching. She also valued her colleagues in education, but most
especially her students. She left the field ONLY to become a "stay home
Mom" for Christina. When Christina started school, Marian reengaged with
public school education in a different capacity. She was a "room Mom"
for what seemed forever and later a library aide. On one visit to the school, Marian used Christina's car and parked in the visitor’s lot only to get Christina a parking ticket before the end of the
day! Marian was recognized by the Norfolk County (MA.) Teachers' Association for her commitment to public education in 1998.
Marian's family is exceedingly happy that the
Altrusa Club of Meredith remembers her legacy in this special way. We like to think she is still advancing the goal of higher
education through this
scholarship in her memory.