Grace Tetschner Receives 2nd Annual Bunz Scholarship

 

Grace Tetschner Receives 2nd Annual Bunz Scholarship

For the second year, the Lee & Kathy Bunz Endowed Scholarship Fund awarded a Bennington graduate with a $1,500 scholarship. Grace Tetschner was this year’s recipient, meeting the criteria of a student who displays strong character and positively impacts the community, while also excelling in academics and activities.

“It means a lot to me that I was selected for the Bunz Family Scholarship, and I am incredibly grateful for the honor,” Grace said. “I would like to thank the Bunz Family and let them know that I look forward to utilizing the scholarship to further my education in the future.”

As long time Bennington residents and business owners, Lee and Kathy Bunz wanted to give back to the Bennington community for years to come. This led them to create the Lee & Kathy Bunz Endowed Scholarship Fund with a $50,000 gift to the Bennington Public Schools Foundation.

This gift will benefit many Bennington students in the coming years, such as Grace, who will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the fall to study chemistry.

“I am not entirely sure what career path I want to explore in the future. All I really know is that I love math and science, so if I do not decide to go into a more technical career relating to research or medicine, my backup plan is to teach,” she said.  “I have had many great teachers in my life (including some from my own family), and I would like to try to help the next generation as much as they have helped me.”

As one of two speakers at Bennington’s outdoor commencement ceremony on June 27, Grace compared her class to a cross country runner during the hardest part of the race: the stretch of the course where no one is watching.

“At that moment, it is very tempting to stop running since no one can hold you accountable. I don’t think this year has been easy for any of us, so I tried to motivate our class to resist the temptation to give up. Despite the pandemic, despite losing the last two months of our senior year, despite every setback we have faced along the way and all those we will face in the future, I told our class to keep ‘running’ and to never stop,” she said. 

Looking back on how the year ended, she says it was difficult missing her last season of soccer, performing in the musical, and spending time with her teammates, classmates, teachers and friends. However, she gained a new perspective from the situation.

“This quarantine has given me time to reflect, and I can’t help but be grateful for the time I did get. I wouldn’t be the same person today without the people I have met here or the experiences I have had at Bennington,” she said.

To learn more about how to create an Endowed Scholarship Fund with the BPS Foundation or donate to the Scholarship Program, visit www.benningtonschoolsfoundation.org/scholarships