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The Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship provides funding for youth to attend a summer camp that builds their skills or interests that they would otherwise be unable to afford. The scholarship is offered in memory of an active Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference participant who passed away at the age of 18, Ryan Christopher Hersh.

The choice of summer camp is completely up to the applicant. We have compiled a list of summer camp ideas (PDF) to share just some of the many options in the Sacramento/El Dorado County regions.

Scholarship Information
  • Depending on the number of applications received and available funding, scholarships may be full or partial. 

  • Transportation costs are not included in scholarship funding.

  • Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a scholarship more than once, as long as the end of camp survey was completed.


To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be entering grades TK to 12th grades in the 2024-25 school year

  • Reside in Sacramento County or El Dorado County

  • Be able to get to and from camp (the scholarship does NOT cover transportation costs.)

  • Complete a survey after camp. This is an essential step that allows Hands4Hope to thank and sustain our donors that make the scholarship possible. Handwritten notes are also appreciated. We will keep your identity private.

How to receive and complete an application

Applications are distributed through the student's school, social worker, case worker, or other service provider. Hands4Hope does not provide the application directly to applicants.

If you are a representative of an agency that assists students who would benefit from this scholarship, please contact us.

Once the applicant has received the application from the referring agency, it should be completed by the student applicant with help from an adult as needed. 

Application timeline

For 2024, applications must be submitted by May 8, 2024

Applicants will be notified of decisions during the week of May 13, 2024

About the Ryan Christopher Hersh Scholarship Committee

The Ryan Christopher Hersh Scholarship Committee is led by middle and high school students who live in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties through the Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference Education Program. 

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