DANVERS (CBS/AP) – Some Danvers High School students are heading to college inspired by the memory of their favorite teacher.
The first college scholarships named in honor of slain Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer have been awarded to six seniors from the school.
Scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500, for a total of $12,000, were awarded this week to Catherine Lamoly, Samantha Walters, Mary Leahy, Andrea Lang, Lily Cuzner and Sarah Mountain.
Students from Danvers, where she taught, and Andover, her home town, who plan to pursue a career in teaching, are eligible. The Andover recipients will be announced Monday.
One of the Danvers students receiving a scholarship, Catherine Lamoly, says Ritzer inspired her to be a teacher herself someday.
“She was just amazing,” Lamoly said. “I mean, you don’t meet people like that every day. It’s really something special.”
Lamoly is headed to Roger Williams College to study history and education.
The scholarship fund is supported by donations made in the wake of Ritzer’s death last October as well as a road race and other tribute events.
Ritzer’s 15-year-old student Philip Chism is accused of killing her and leaving her body outside the school.
Christina Hager contributed to this report.
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