About the Eric Hetzelt Memorial Scholarship
The DSPG of WNY is now offering one-time scholarships to current, active members in good standing of the Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York. All applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, character and community service.
This scholarship is intended for use by a full-time student at a vocational, 2-year, 4-year or graduate institution. Please click on the link below to download the application and eligibility requirements.
About Eric Hetzelt
The WNY Down Syndrome community lost a great role model and the world lost a genuinely good man on December 30, 2015 with the sudden passing of 37 year old Eric Hetzelt. Eric was an inspiration to all who met him and proved that “disability” can equal “capability”.
Eric was an accomplished athlete in swimming, bowling and baseball. He had a longtime involvement in Special Olympics, both as an athlete, and as a coach. Eric also participated in Challenged Athletes Participating in Sports, WNY (C.A.P.S.) He was an avid fan and supporter of all the Buffalo sports teams. Eric was also involved in the community as well as an usher at his church. Additionally, he worked part time behind the deli counter at the Wegmans on Alberta Drive for over 16 years.
Eric was a devoted son to Carol and Erwin Hetzelt, and loving brother to his three sisters and a fun, loving uncle to their children. His mother, Carol Hetzelt was the driving force, a true trailblazer in the formation of the Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY. It was after Eric was born, that she recognized the significant lack of support and information for parents who have children with Down syndrome. It was her initiative that connected parents, health care professionals and community members together to share knowledge, and create awareness and acceptance for our children.
Please include a completed application with essay, minimum of 20 registered and verified volunteer hours throughout the four years of high school at various Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY events, a letter of recommendation and a high school transcript. This scholarship is for a full-time student at a vocational, 2-year, 4-year or graduate institution in the amount of $1000.
Deadline for applications is June 1 each year.