For the first time ever, the Ridgefield Historical Society (RHS) will be awarding a scholarship to a Ridgefield High School (RHS) Senior with a demonstrated interest in history. Ridgefield history, to be specific.
“Ridgefield is a town that respects, cherishes, and encourages knowledge of its heritage,” says Diane Bertoluzzi, Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer and former Ridgefield elementary school teacher. “For us, it’s very important for this history to be appreciated and internalized by our younger generations, and it’s fascinating to hear what they find relevant.”
The Ridgefield Historical Society scholarship is open and broad, by intent, to invite Ridgefield High School Seniors to share a glimpse into their perspective of our Town’s history. What resonates with them?
The Battle of Ridgefield? The rich presence of Native Americans on the lands exactly where Ridgefield High School resides today? The Roaring 20s? The cancellation of Halloween in 2011 and 2012? Local Olympians in our midst? The pandemic?
You tell us, Ridgefield High School Seniors.
Scholarship Amount: $1,000
Description: Taking inspiration from Ridgefield history, please create a presentation to be shared on the Ridgefield Historical Society website. There are many format options — video, PowerPoint, written word, multi-media, or any type of creative expression. (Please provide in pdf format.)
Additional requirements: One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, administrator, or mentor establishing why you are a good candidate for this award. We’d also like a short (90 seconds or less) video from you, the student, introducing yourself, and your thoughts on why you are a good candidate. Please have fun this this.
Important Details: Students must apply through their Naviance accounts. Submissions will be directed to [email protected] by Sunday May 1, 2022. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the Ridgefield High School Scholarship Award Ceremony.
Questions? Please contact the Ridgefield Historical Society at [email protected]