Students awarded Ritzinger scholarships


Twenty-one Catholic students from the Diocese of Davenport will receive $1,000 college scholarships for the next academic year because of the generosity of the late Marguerite Ritzinger.

Recipients of the Marguerite Ritzinger Scholarship were chosen based on evidence of strong involvement in the Catholic Church, volunteer activities in church or the community, financial need and, in some cases, number of college students in the same family.

“The selection committee received over 150 highly qualified applications and was impressed with the scholarship recipients’ leadership activities and involvement in church and social issues,” Bishop Martin Amos said. “They represent the integrity and character it takes to make a difference in our world.”

Ritzinger was a businesswoman and Sigourney native who died in 2005. She left $388,770 to the diocese with the stipulation that half of the money go toward seminarians’ education and half toward scholarships for students to attend colleges or universities. Seminarians already have benefited from the funds set aside for their education and the money for that purpose has been exhausted.


Scholarships are being awarded to:

Freshmen: Mary Agnoli, Davenport; Alison Bieber, Centerville; Erin Garmoe, West Point; Maxwell Holle, Oskaloosa; and Kathryn Temple, Muscatine.

Sophomores: John Blough, Davenport; Alexandrea Capriola, Rock Island, Ill.; Bridget Garnica, Davenport; Chelsea May, Muscatine; Nick Marie of Washington; Quinn Montgomery, Oxford; Colleen Tague, DeWitt; and Virginia Trujillo, East Moline, Ill.

Juniors: Francis Agnoli, Davenport; Lauren A. Flores, Bettendorf; Gilbert Garnica, Davenport; Tom Holubar, Solon; Julia Kiley, Davenport; and Tilly Schmidt, South English.

Seniors: Courtney Holubar, Solon; and Marcy Mueller, DeWitt.

The scholarships are not automatically renewed each year so college students are encouraged to apply next spring.

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