ANNOUNCING THE Evelyn D. Maruska Scholarship

I’m thrilled to share the details of the new Evelyn D. Maruska Scholarship. I started this scholarship in my mother’s name to honor her and her love of helping kids succeed, regardless of their challenges.

Mom “Evelyn,” is a career teacher who retired as Superintendent of the Espanola School District and now — in retirement — continues to teach at a private Christian school. (She’s just incredible!)

Our schools can only benefit from great teachers but we also need great social workers to support when the child’s family is not reliable.

If you’re the parent of an EVHS senior, or an EVHS senior interested in teaching or social work, please read below. We’d love to hear from you.


The Evelyn D. Maruska Scholarship was established in 2018. Espanola Valley High School seniors who plan to become teachers or social workers are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Awarded By: Marushka Media
Award Amount: $1000
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Additional Information:
One award of $1,000 is offered annually and is non-renewable. Previous scholarship winners may not reapply; previous applicants who did not win a scholarship may reapply if still qualified.

This scholarship was created to encourage Espanola Valley High School students to pursue careers in education and social work. The selection is based on leadership, experience, academic ability, and interests in education or social work. The scholarship winner will be notified the week of May 20, 2019. The scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship winner’s college or university.

To apply:
Interested applicants will write an essay of no more than 1,500 words and no fewer than 500 words, outlining why they want to be a teacher or social worker. The essay should outline what resources students need, not only to succeed in high school but to compete in college or the work force after high school.

(Examples: Is access to a higher-education preparatory program early in a student’s high school timeline beneficial? Would a tutoring program be helpful and would students take advantage of it? Is there a benefit to EVHS implementing a business-leader mentoring program or internships?)

We encourage applicants to think through their essay’s content, sharing what they might do as a teacher or social worker to make learning more effective for future students. We encourage applicants to be realistic and practical, and, where possible, cite examples of successful, existing programs from which EVHS students could benefit. This essay is not a place for conjecture, but for clearly articulating practical and realistic ideas and solutions.

Email the essay as a word document to — attention Jackie Marushka — no later than April 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM/CT. Please include the following in the same email:

• Student’s full legal name and mailing address.
• College/University the student has applied to, or has been accepted to.
• *Digital copy of EVHS transcript showing current GPA.
• *Three letters of recommendation from individuals not related to the student. May be written by teachers, employers or volunteer-work supervisors. The letters must be dated, signed by the author, and on company or organization letterhead with author’s contact information.

*The transcript and three letters of recommendation should be included as attachments.