Colleen Ritzer was a beloved Danvers High School math teacher and a lifelong resident of Andover. A 2007 graduate of Andover High School, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011 from Assumption College with a bachelor of arts in math and a concentration in secondary education and a minor in psychology. Colleen, the oldest of three children, received tremendous support and encouragement from her large and loving extended family in her journey to teaching.
Colleen began teaching at Danvers High School in September 2012 and through her passion for enlightening young minds, made an immediate impact in the lives of her students. She quickly earned a reputation as a passionate and popular teacher. Following her passing, one student summarized Colleen’s dedicated approach to teaching, sharing,
“In the two short months I’ve had Ms. Ritzer as a teacher, there are two things I have learned: Math is as good as you make it and being nice to people can leave a greater impact on their life than you think.”
In honor of that passion, and to create a lasting legacy, Colleen’s family established the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship to benefit graduating Andover and Danvers High School seniors who demonstrate a passion for teaching, academic excellence and love of family. For the Class of 2016, a Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded to a Nashoba Regional High School senior as this is the year Colleen’s Hale Middle School 8th graders (the very first group of students she taught upon graduating from college), will graduate from the high school. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in the field of education at an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2016.
All students planning to major in education or a specific subject (i.e. math, science, etc.) with a concentration in education are encouraged to apply for these competitive scholarships that are awarded to well-rounded individuals who share Colleen’s passions of family and teaching.
Please speak with your Guidance Counselor about applying for the 2016 Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship. You may also click here to download an application.
Deadline for 2016 scholarship applications is April 1, 2016