Our 2023 Scholarship Committee Members
L to R: Jodi Wilson, Chair: Cindy Day,
Kathy LaPoint, Linda French, and Betty Cook
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.
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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.