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Providing Educational Opportunities for the Non-Traditional Students


Our 2023 Scholarship Committee Members

L to R:  Jodi Wilson, Chair: Cindy Day,

  Kathy LaPoint, Linda French, and Betty Cook 

Altrusa Scholarships

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Altrusa scholarships are awarded annually in May to non-traditional students who are at least 23 years old,
live or work in Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborugh, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Holderness or
Sandwich.  Students are to be enrolled in at least three accredited courses or registered for professional certification programs.

Scholarships are intended for the following;

A. Individuals upgrading their job skills or acquiring skills for job reentry (Including, but not limited to - LNA Programs and  re-certification  programs).


B. Candidates enrolled for a minimum of three college credits
at an accredited facility.

C. Graduate students 



D. Applicants attending trade schools or seeking professional certifications. ( Including, but not limited to -cosmetology programs and first responder certifications).

Congratulations to Paige Bruno and Kara Martinez, this years winners of the Altrusa International Club of the Meredith Scholarship Awards.     Receiving the Jackie LaPoint Scholarship, left to right : recipient Kara Martinez,  presenter and club member Kathy LaPoint and recipient Paige Bruno.  These young women  were honored at a dinner held at Hart's Turkey Farm on May 16th. 

Non- traditional scholarships are awarded annually to adult learners who are returning to  pursue their education or retool their skills for new job opportunities.  Both Paige and Kara received scholarships in memory of Jackie LaPoint and Marion Touhey.  Kara was awarded the Dr. Ritzenthaler Scholarship, which is named for the Founder of the Meredith Altrusa Club.

Applications will be available in February online

Applications will be available in February online and various locations in Meredith, Laconia, Center Harbor and Moultonborough.  You can also email Cindy Day at with any questions.

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Dr. Rititzenthaler was born in Sandusky, Ohio. She received her Bachelors from Manse College, Toledo, Ohio her Masters Degree from Rutgers University, and her Doctorate from New York 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 University in Manchester , New Hampshire.


She served as a volunteer for the Loon Preservation Committee and did talks about loons throughout the state. She served on the Advisory Board for the NH Humanities Council and was an award winning writer, poet, and freelance photographer as well as an artist in her free time.  Jeanette loved the outdoors as can be seen in her writings and poetry. When she wasn't out walking with her two 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. She was the founder and first president of the Altrusa Club of Meredith and the Parliamentarian and Secretary for District One. She served on many other committees at the club and District One level. Jeanette touched many people with her
desire for education and learning.  

Marian Touhey Scholarship

Named in honor of our past treasurer Marian by her family.

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, Boston). She 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 re-engaged 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.

Jacki  Lapoint Scholarship

Named in Honor of our past President Kathy and Glenn LaPoint's daughter Jacki

Katie O'Connor was also awarded the Jacki LaPoint Scholarship


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