By Anne Marie Amacher
Twenty-eight Catholic students from the Diocese of Davenport received scholarships totaling more than $20,000. The individual scholarships are due to the generosity of the late Marguerite Ritzinger of Sigourney, who left money for seminarians and students to attend colleges or universities.
More than 150 students applied for the 2012-13 scholarships, said Char Maaske, diocesan chief financial officer. At least one student from each deanery received a scholarship this year.
Ritzinger scholarship winners were chosen based on evidence of strong involvement in the Catholic Church, volunteer activities in church or the community, financial need and, in some cases, number of college students in the same family.
Applicants were required to fill out an application form, write an essay and provide a copy of a high school or college transcript and two reference letters.
Scholarships were awarded to Francis Agnoli, Mary Agnoli, Sarah Altenhofen, John Blough, Laura Blunk, Daniel Byrne, Alexandrea Capriola, Robert Cloos, Bridget Garnica, Gilbert Garnica, Maria Hollinrake, Julia Kiley, Gretchen Lilienthal, Nicholas Marie, Chelsea May, Kelby McClaran, Quinn Montgomery, Noelle Murphey, Leah Norcross, Kaitlyn O’Leary, Andrew Rauenbuehler, Ellen Reynolds, Zach Russell, Tilly Schmidt, Ann Schwickerath, Kathryn Temple, Virginia Trujillo and Jacqueline Vonderhaar.
The scholarships are not automatically renewed each year. Applications for next year’s scholarships will take place toward the end of the year.