We are excited to announce this year’s winners of the annual Crouse Erickson Public Service Scholarship: Emily Goldberg and Ashley Tetzlaff!
The winners’ passion for improving their communities was immediately apparent in their videos, which explained their enthusiasm for enriching their communities in a creative, thoughtful manner. We cannot wait to see what’s next for Emily and Ashley as they continue their journey to pursue a college education.
Join us in congratulating Emily and Ashley! We are proud to help members of the Washington community to continue their dreams.
Here are a few words Emily and Ashley have to say about receiving the scholarship:
It means a lot to me to be awarded this scholarship in recognition of the work I have done to better my community. Being acknowledged for my work with kids is truly rewarding, because I care a great deal about the impact I make at the summer camps and it is my first priority to create a safe and positive environment for all. This scholarship is going to help me pay for college to further my education about child development. – Emily Goldberg
Receiving this scholarship encourages me to keep working hard. I love serving my community and this honor from Crouse Erickson lets me know that there are people out there who believe in me and love my community too. Not only does this scholarship sow into my degree, but into the work I am doing in my community. So, ultimately, the community benefits from this scholarship. – Ashley Tetzlaff
Finally, thank you to all our applicants. Please check back to apply again next year.
Watch the Winning Videos Below:
For the past two summers, I have worked as a counselor at Hiawatha Specialty Camp, a local community center that sponsors a range of summer camp activities for children, ages 5 to 11 years. Each summer, I lead sport camps for kids from a variety of backgrounds, each with different learning styles and abilities.
Leading camps with kids who have such a range of abilities has proven to be a challenge, and I found this especially to be true with a group I led in a tennis camp. Typically, when I begin to work with a new group, I focus upon the kids getting to know one another, treating one another with respect and building their comfort with the group so they are willing to try new things and ask questions. Usually this approach helps me to establish a cohesive group that can work together and enjoy learning a new sport.
In this instance, however, I had one camper who was struggling. He had difficulty learning new skills at the same rate as the other kids and wanted to sit out for most of the day. As the week went on, he fell more and more behind. I decided that instead of slowing down the rest of the camp to match his pace, which would clearly call attention to his difficulties, I continued the camp at the same pace, but at lunch break he and I began to work on the skills learned that day. Through this strategy, he felt better about attempting new skills, because even if he didn’t master each one, he knew he would get more instruction at lunch.
I found that he became much happier and excited about being at camp because he did not feel behind the rest of the camp anymore. Further, he would not get down on himself when he did not quickly master a skill, which allowed progression within itself because he no longer wanted to sit out. Through this experience, I learned that being a leader was not only about facilitating group unity and helping the group move toward a common goal, but about recognizing the individual needs of group members.
These experiences as a camp leader have allowed me to realize just how much I care about helping people, especially kids, find a way to succeed. Having the opportunity to work with kids who come from different backgrounds and who have many different learning styles has helped shape my decision to pursue a major in psychology with an emphasis on child development.
I would also like to further my education about social factors, both within the home environment and within the community, that influence children’s development. I hope to pursue a career in child psychology and work with children, both individually and in groups, as well as to extend my work into the community, to lead in the promotion of children’s wellbeing as supported by community programs, similar to the one in which I have had the opportunity to participate.
Hi, my name is Ashley Tetzlaff. I am pursuing my Master of Science in Management with a focus in Public Administration at Colorado Technical University Online. I moved to Albion, Washington, in January 2016.
I currently serve my community in three volunteer capacities: 1) Secretary for the Guy-Albion Historical Society, 2) core volunteer at the Albion Food Pantry, and 3) Councilmember for the Town of Albion.
As Secretary for the Guy-Albion Historical Society (since April 2016), I help keep my community’s past alive through writing two newsletters a year, featuring wonderful things from our past. I do behind the scenes stuff like taking notes at GAHS board meetings and helping to change out displays in our museum rooms. I also help process all the membership applications and keep the membership roll updated, serve at the Spring and Fall GAHS events… anything I can do to provide our community access to their past.
As a core volunteer at the Albion Food Pantry (since February 2016), I help stock/organize the shelves when we get food donations from Spokane (which is once a month). I help with distributing the food to those who need it (every 4th Thursday of each month). If the donations we received are lacking in some way (we have tons of meat and veggies, but no bread or juice, for example), I will run down to the store and buy it with the monetary donations we have received (donations from Avista or area businesses). I also have helped with writing fundraising letters and running fundraising campaigns on GoFundMe. We did a pilot Summer Lunch Program for all the kids in our town last year (I made the menus, did almost all the shopping, and watched kids while they ate… other volunteers made and served the lunches). It was such a success that we are doing it again this year, and I hope it will inspire other Lunch Programs for kids throughout the county and state.
As Councilmember for the Town of Albion (since November 2016), I attend bi-monthly council meetings, serve on two committees when needed (Emergency / Public Safety, and Public Works / Community Development), and do everything I can to serve my constituents in the present and prepare for the future.
It was this last role as councilmember that inspired me to get my Master’s in Public Administration. I felt that it was important for me to be as knowledgeable as possible in my field. My studies have been very informative so far (I am halfway through my degree) and have helped me be more confident, take more of a leadership role in each of the areas I serve in my community, and give me more ideas on what I can accomplish in the future. I also hope to serve as Mayor of Albion someday and feel the Master’s degree is helpful in contributing to preparing me for that role.
I love serving others, making their day, bettering their future. When I was 17, I volunteered at World Hunger Relief, Inc. in Waco, Texas, every Tuesday from 6am to 5pm for 9 months. I milked goats (they sold the milk to locals), processed vegetables (for their Farmer’s Basket co-op group), and did whatever I could to be of service to the organization. (They are a group who teach interns prepare to serve in third world countries.)
Between then and when I moved to Albion, I got my BA in Liberal Arts & Culture, got married and had 2 kids (had one more since moving to Albion). I love serving my family as well as my community (been married 6 years this May, have three daughters 5, 3, and 1).
I want to improve the future of Albion for my kids and other kids & adults through serving as a Councilmember. I want to improve the present by giving to the community through the Food Pantry. And I want to give Albion access to their past through the Historical Society.
Thank you so much for considering my application for this scholarship.
Ashley Elizabeth Tetzlaff