The Jill Hershberger Memorial Scholarship is intended for those who have a heart for teaching young children but may not yet have the academic record to easily earn an academic scholarship. The heart and desire to teach is at least as important as the academic capability.
At the time of her death, Jill had dreams of teaching young children in “kindergarten or second grade,” yet she didn’t have the classroom focus to earn the scholarships that would help fund a college education.
According to Jill’s parents, Forrest and Anita Hersbherger of Sterling, “On the belief that she is not the only person who may be a late bloomer academically, but still has a heart for teaching, we want to pass on an opportunity for students to become the educator they believe they are destined to become.”
- Applicant must be a student in good standing graduating from Sterling High School, and
student must have already applied for and/or been accepted to any in-state accredited college.
Preference will be given to those applicants planning to enroll in an education major.
- Applicant must show a sincere interest in working with K-12 age children in a positive manner.
- This will be done with submission of a 500-word essay on what educating a child means to
the applicant. This essay will be graded on spelling, writing mechanics, and clarity.
- Three letters of recommendation from people who know how the applicant works with K-12
children also must be submitted.
- A lack of experience does not automatically remove a student from consideration. Babysitting
or tutoring work can be considered, if it includes a reference from an employer.
- Two scholarships of $250 each will be renewed each year, based on improvement in academic
achievement and continuance in the elementary education program. The Jill Hershberger
Scholarship can be renewed twice for a total of $500 in scholarship money to each selected
applicant who meets all the criteria prior to, and during, their enrollment at any in-state accredited college.
- The application must be submitted, in person or by mail, to the RE-1 Valley Foundation,
P.O. Box 246, Sterling, CO 80751. Scholarship materials are due as stated on the RE1 Foundation Scholarship Home Page. FAXED or E-mailed applications will not be accepted.
- Funding will be presented directly to the college on behalf of the recipient.