Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund is in memory of Ryan, an active participant in Hands4Hope who passed away at the age of 18. Ryan participated for 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 with financial hardships 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 leadership camp scholarships.
Summer camp scholarship guidelines
To receive a scholarship to the summer camp of your choice, the participant must meet the following requirements::
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
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 June 1st by 3:00 PM
A follow up form will be needed to summarize post-camp experience if selected
To apply for a RCH Scholarship, complete the online application. Contact us at 916-294-7426 or email for any questions or concerns.
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If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, please click here.
Frequently asked questions
Are partial scholarships available?
Yes, partial scholarships are available if a youth would not be able to attend camp without it. You must indicate in the application that a partial scholarship is needed and the amount needed. Please do not request more than you need.
What kinds of camps are covered by this scholarship?
Any camps that strengthen a skill, offer an opportunity for personal growth, and allow a youth to explore new experiences and gain new perspectives will be considered.
Do camps have to be in a specific geographic region?
The location of camp does not matter as long as the recipient has their own transportation. If transportation is needed, higher priority will be given to those in Northern California.
Will transportation be provided if needed?
If the camp is within 30 miles of El Dorado/Sacramento County Line, we will work to assist with transportation.
Can this scholarship apply to summer school classes?
Definitely, as long it strengthens a skill, offers an opportunity for personal growth, and allows a youth to explore new experiences and gain new perspectives.
When will scholarships be announced and how will I find out if I received one?
Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone by June 8th.
Is there a cap on the amount of funding that will be awarded for a scholarship?
There is not necessarily a cap but there is limited funding. We will be working to award as many applicants as possible with the funds available.
Do camps have to fall within a certain time period?
Camps must take place between June 1 - September 1 to be eligible.
Are paper applications due on May 3rd?
Yes, you may turn in your paper application where you picked it up in the provided envelope or you may mail it to:
Attn: RCH Scholarship Committee
3941 Park Drive, Suite 20-264
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
It must be postmarked by May 3rd.
How many scholarships will be rewarded?
Scholarships given will depend on the number of applicants who apply and the funding available for the given year.