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The Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund is a fund that has been initiated by the grandparents of Ryan Christopher Hersh in memory of their grandson Ryan, who passed away at the age of 18. Ryan was an active participant in Hands4Hope for multiple years, assisting with food collection and distribution, homeless outreaches, and mentoring children at a local food and clothing distribution site. Ryan was a kind and gentle young man who served with love, respect, and an open heart.


To honor Ryan and his love of serving, his grandparents Nancy and Darwin Myers and Sharon and Dick Tietgens created this fund so that others may explore needs in their community and have the opportunity to take action in their own way, as Ryan did through Hands4Hope. They also wanted young people to be able to explore their own strengths, whether it be sports, art, music, leadership, or something else, through local summer camps. Ryan was an avid athlete with a passion for football and lacrosse.

The Hands4Hope Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to benefit youth in grades K-12 with financial hardships. A portion of the Fund is designated for scholarships for youth wanting to participate and serve in Hands4Hope’s outreach programs, paying the cost of registrations and supplying youth with a Hands4Hope t-shirt. The balance of the available funds are to be used for summer camp scholarships.

Summer Camp Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Need financial assistance to be able to attend desired camp
  • Be referred by one of Hands4Hope’s partner agencies or a school, or be a participant in the Hands4Hope program

  • Would need to fill out a scholarship application with camp details, why they want to attend, what they will do with what they learn, and how they could use what they learn to make a positive impact on their peers and/or community
  • Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday, May 16.

  • A follow up form will be needed to summarize post camp experience if selected

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Camp Scholarship Application Link 

If you would like to contribute to this Scholarship Fund, please click here.

Hands4Hope Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund