Friday, April 4, 2014
The Ridge Alumni Memorial Scholarship selection committee has named RHS senior Grace Smith recipient of the 2014 Ridge Alumni Memorial Scholarship. Announced as a $9,500 award, the generosity of donors allowed the Ridge AMS Board to increase this year's grant to $10,000. Congratulations to Grace!
Following are excerpts from Grace's application essay:
Being one of the very few visually impaired students in the district, and the first transferring from a homeschool, I was a conundrum.
Neither I, nor my peers, nor many of my teachers knew what
to do. The choir director was worried about me moving on and off the risers. My
biology teacher and I were both frustrated trying to have me use an online
learning and communication tool. My peers did not know that I would not
recognize them and they needed to tell me who they were when they greeted me in
the hall. I was afraid to ask for help and to admit that I was not able to do
everything everybody else did. I did not want to appear too different, so I did
not use my cane.
But through many supportive conferences, I grew more confident and outgoing. My teachers listen as I advocate for myself, my friends tell me their names when they greet me, and I bring my cane to school every day. I never fell off the risers, I laugh when I accidentally bump into something, and make regular jokes about how the focus of some of my classes often turns to cars, which I will never drive.
I did face other challenges at home. These intensified the adjustments I had to make in school, but with determination and help, I was able to move past these setbacks. One of my English teachers saw my love for writing and literature, and encouraged me to develop those talents. The choir director pushed me to work through excuses to achieve the quality performance she knew I could give.
I eagerly look forward to attending college after
graduation, where I plan to study literature and writing. I have so many
stories waiting to be told.
If I am awarded this money, I can fulfill that goal and move forward on the path to writing great stories.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Following are excerpts from Sarah's application essay:
"Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"
On a chilly afternoon in temple, my rabbi stood up and asked this very question to the congregation. (He told a story) centered on a girl who was complaining about how hard life was. Her mother boiled three pots of water: one with a carrot, one with an egg, and one with coffee beans.
After being boiled, the expected happened: the carrot softened into a tender, deep orange, the egg hard boiled to form a rubbery bright white outside and pasty yellow inside, and the coffee beans turned the water into rich, dark, aromatic coffee.
When faced with a tough decision or difficult situation, did she weaken like the carrot, build a hard interior like the egg, or change the environment around her to make the situation better like the coffee beans?
I am proud to say I am a coffee bean.
When I was three years old, my father passed away suddenly. Like the egg, I could have grown up with a tough interior, not trusting or letting anyone in, and refusing to establish any meaningful relationships. Instead, I grew stronger and independent.
Just a few years ago, my family's income dropped dramatically. Like the carrot, I could have weakened and started spending time with the wrong crowd to fit in, or simply given up. Instead I acquired several jobs, and continue to buy everything I need.
This coffee bean has faced a lot of adversity and tragedy in my short seventeen years, yet I am a happy and optimistic person. My hardships have taught me how precious and fleeting life can be.
I make a strong brew.
I want to surround myself with small smiling faces, miniature bundles of joy, runny noses and aching stomachs. I want to make sick children healthy again. I want to help families, and travel the world and work with people of different cultures and find cures. This is my dream, to become a pediatrician. And sometimes I think my dream cannot come true.
This amount of money may not appear to be so much to some people, but it would mean everything to me. It would make it possible for me to go to college and fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Following are excerpts from Yodalio's application essay:
I moved to Basking Ridge my sophomore year, and I didn't know whether it
They made my high school career an experience I will never forget.
Character Achievements Can Earn Scholarship
Vol. 8 No. 2, November 4, 2011.
BERNARDS TWP. – Character and nontraditional achievements can earn a Ridge senior $6,000! Think it takes a 4.5 Gpa and 2400 sats to receive a scholarship? Think again.
The 2012 Ridge Alumni Memorial scholarship is looking for graduating seniors who have demonstrated “character, determination, and nontraditional achievements” during their tenure at rhs. This year’s award is $6,000.
The award recipient may use the funds for virtually any educational, vocational or personal growth expenses — meaning tuition, a gap year, a car to get to work, studio time, or something a graduating senior needs that ridge ams organizers haven’t yet thought of.
Last year, Ridge AMS awarded its largest grant to date, $6,000, to Jeremy Baum (RHS ’11). The group was able to maintain this year’s scholarship at the same level, thanks to the generosity of donors. “A $6,000 award stretches our coffers a bit,” according to Jane Cullinan (RHS ’67), who chairs the Ridge AMS board of trustees. “But we recognize that life after high school stretches the budgets of plenty of Ridge families. We're committed to making a meaningful contribution to a deserving senior's future. That’s the purpose of the Ridge Alumni Memorial Scholarship – honoring the past by supporting the future.”
Graduating Ridge seniors can learn more at the Ridge AMS website, or by contacting RHS guidance counselors, who will collect scholarship applications for the Ridge AMS selection committee.
Deadline for applications is March 5, 2012.
Ridge AMS is funded entirely by donations, and administered in partnership with Bernards Township Education Foundation. Ridge AMS contributions are tax-deductible. The Bernards Township Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on program development and process management for public education, community outreach, and leadership formation.
Copyright © 2011 Ridge PTO Monthly.
May 18, 2009
An anonymous donor to Ridge AMS sponsored this tee marker at the 2009 (and subsequent) Ridge High School Golf Classic event, presented by the Ridge Sports Foundation. The marker urges support for Ridge AMS. Ridge AMS continues to devote 100% of donations and earnings to grants for students and to building its endowment for future recipients.
Bozzi to receive Ridge Alumni scholarship
May 15, 2009 7:11 AM EST
BERNARDS TWP. - Ridge High School senior Caroline Bozzi has been named the recipient of the 2009 Ridge Alumni Memorial Scholarship (Ridge AMS), a $4,000 award that continues a tradition launched in 2008.
“Caroline’s essay was a great match for our selection criteria,” said Carol Mason Schoenig, a founding member of Ridge AMS. “She’s handled difficult challenges with courage and optimism, and that’s exactly what this award is about.”
Copyright © 2009 The Bernardsville News.
New "Non-Traditional" $1000 Scholarship for RHS '08 Grad Announced and then Doubled to $2000
Vol. 4 No. 4, January 2008.
BERNARDS TWP. – For some Ridge High alumni, high school friendships never die. In November, members of the Class of 1967 honored Ridge friends who have passed away by launching the Ridge Alumni Memorial Scholarship (Ridge AMS), and "erecting" a Virtual Memorial.
So generous were donors - Ridge alumni from various classes as well as RHS friends - that after just two months, organizers have doubled the first Ridge AMS scholarship from $1,000 to $2,000. Future awards will depend on contributions and earnings. The Ridge AMS scholarship is unusual in that it rewards a graduating RHS senior for character, determination and non-traditional achievements, rather than GPA and test scores. While grants may go to college-bound students, they could also help high caliber applicants pursue the arts or non-academic endeavors after graduation. Funded by donations and administered in partnership with the Bernards Township Education Foundation, contributors can post messages of remembrance on the Ridge AMS "Virtual Memorial" at http://sites/google.com/site/ridgeams2.
The scholarship fund began as a memorial to John Peterson, RHS '67. Less than two years after graduating, Peterson was killed in Vietnam. "He died before his potential could be realized," notes Ed Lincoln, an Ridge AMS founder and Class of 1967 valedictorian. "John was a great guy who should have had a wonderful future. We owe him." Peterson was admired for his warmth, optimism and perseverance, and for overcoming hardships to tackle life with joy. Classmates decided to make his virtues - determination and nontraditional achievements - the criteria for scholarship recipients. "What John had was character," says Lincoln. "That's what this scholarship will reward."
"We also wanted to recognize other Ridge friends who are gone," says Carol Mason Schoenig, another Ridge AMS founder and 1967 class president. "We were surprised to find there was no award like this. Reaching out to the Ridge community, we've been deeply touched by the outpouring of support and affection for alumni who have passed away. We hope this year, and in years to come, we can make a significant difference in the future of a Ridge graduate who demonstrates the kind of character John had."
Parents, alumni and friends of Ridge High can visit http://sites.google.com/site/ridgeams2/. The website's Virtual Memorial is filled with thoughts and remembrances of donors about classmates and teachers who have passed away. "In the first two months, three dozen messages were posted," observes Chris Sullivan, Ridge AMS founder and 1967 Student Council President. "Entries range from humorous to touching and poignant. These are people we grew up with," adds Sullivan, who developed the web site. "We all have a story to tell about them."
Ridge seniors interested in this scholarship can learn more at the website, or from their guidance counselors. The Ridge Guidance staff will recommend scholarship winners, who will be confirmed by a Ridge AMS committee.
Organizers donate all expenses associated with Ridge AMS, including legal counsel, website development, logo design, and brochure production and mailing. One-hundred percent of donations go to scholarships.
Ridge AMS's partner, the Bernards Township Education Foundation, is a not-for-profit organization focused on program development and process management for public education, community outreach, and leadership formation.
Copyright © 2008 The Ridge Bridge.
Ridge High alum launch memorial scholarship
BERNARDS TWP. – At the 40th anniversary reunion of the Ridge High Class of 1967 on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Olde Mill Inn, alumni did much more than reminisce about the old days.
Copyright © 2007 The Bernardsville News.
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