DANVERS — Three Danvers students are among the 2019 recipients of the Colleen E. Ritzer Memorial Scholarship.
The award is given annually to graduating high school seniors from Danvers or Andover who plan to pursue a degree in education.
The Danvers recipients are Alicia Cone, Shaelyn McGrath and Timothy West.
Cone graduated from Danvers High School last week and is headed to Stonehill College in the fall. She participated in DECA and Spanish National Honor Society while at Danvers High, among other volunteer efforts.
McGrath graduated from Essex Tech, where she was a member of Key Club and participated in track and field and soccer. She will attend Gordon College in the fall.
A Danvers High graduate, West ran track and captained the school's cross country team. He also volunteered at the Boston Marathon. West will attend Bridgewater State University.
Seven Andover students also received scholarships.
This year, the Ritzer family awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships in the name of Colleen Ritzer, an Andover native and Danvers High School math teacher who was killed by one of her students in 2013.
Nearly $245,000 in scholarships have been given to 58 future teachers since the award's inception in 2014. Money raised for the scholarships comes from donations, the Step Up for Colleen 5K Walk/Run and other tribute events.
“With nearly 60 current and future teachers following in Colleen’s footsteps, we are in awe of how much Colleen’s legacy has grown in the past five and a half years,” said the Ritzer family in a statement. “Our family continues to be amazed by the support the Scholarship Fund and Colleen’s legacy receives. We are excited to watch each of the recipients grow and blossom as they lead their own classroom and inspire future generations, just as Colleen continues to do.”