Established in 2007 with gifts from the family and friends of Rella Lou Danenberg Aldrich, this scholarship honors the memory of a classy lady with a love of sports, and the knowledge of the importance of education. This scholarship, in memory of her life, is to financially help another girl with a love of sports, in another generation, obtain a college education.
The Rella Lou Danenberg Aldrich Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Brazos Valley graduating senior who has participated in athletic activities all four years of high school. Continued participation in school athletics beyond High School is not necessary to be considered.
Some Background Information About Rella
Rella was a true Lady and a classy person, who was very friendly and well liked. She was always a true competitor and had developed significant overall athletic ability. She had a keen interest in sports, and was also very knowledgeable about many of them. She thoroughly enjoyed a variety of sports, both as a participant and a spectator.
Rella was born, August 30, 1929, just before the stock market crash leading to the Great Depression of the 1930s. She was raised in the relatively small town of Roswell, New Mexico and was the third child of four children, having an older sister and brother, and a younger sister.
Rella, along with her sisters and brother, grew up during the depression years and at a time when there were no organized sports for children. Children in a neighborhood made up their own games and chose sides. Some of these games were sandlot baseball played in a vacant lot, as well as shooting baskets and playing 2 on 2 at a basketball goal at the school yard. There were also races by foot, roller skates and bicycles, as well as playing roller skate hockey and 4 man football. They swam at the city pool in the summer time.
Girls’ sports in Junior High and High School in Roswell, New Mexico, were confined to PE classes and Intramural Teams, those being primarily volleyball, softball, basketball and deck tennis (a sport using a small tennis court with a rope or rubber ring to toss to the other side, instead of a tennis ball and racquet). Rella, being the avid sports person she was, participated in all of these. She also participated in other activities outside of sports, such as being Assistant Athletic Editor on the school newspaper, being on the decorating committee for the Jr.-Sr. Banquet, etc. She was also President of the Girls’ Athletic Association, and in her Senior year in high school, she was elected the school Athletic Queen.
During these school years she was also a Girl Scout, as well as Counselor at their summer camp in the mountains. Rella had a summer job as Life Guard at the local Country Club swimming pool, and played a few holes of golf for fun, before or after work. She also liked to go rabbit hunting, and one year even went antelope hunting, at both of which she was quite successful.
During Rella's Junior year in high school, in 1945, her father, Harold, died, leaving her mother, Ruey, as the sole provider for Rella and her younger sister, Rita.
It became possible, with some financial hardship, for Rella to start college at TCU in Fort Worth. She was able to complete two years of college education at TCU. Then, she went to work as a clerk at the local (Roswell) telephone (Ma Bell) company. Rella regretted not being able to complete her college education, due to financial constraints, as she was a very intelligent woman.
While in college at TCU, Rella played basketball on a Texas Athletic Federation of College Women's team. In 1949, her last year in college, their team won the State Championship and she was named All State Forward.
In 1950, Rella married Richard W. Aldrich, who had also grown up in Roswell, New Mexico. During their early years of marriage, they moved around quite frequently with a seismograph crew, and also added a couple of sons, Rick and Steve, to their family.
The frequency of moving slowed down after a few years, and the boys started school, giving Rella a little more time to become a bit more active in “outside of the home” activities. These activities included a ladies bridge club, the church Altar Guild, being a Cub Scout Den Mother, the women's Assistance League and getting certification as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. She also helped teach her sons to swim, fish, play ball of all kinds, how to shoot a gun safely, bowl, and play pool, along with many other things.
Rella loved to hunt and fish. She primarily hunted dove, and fished in both fresh water streams and lakes, as well as saltwater whether from piers, in marshes or offshore. She also got her Scuba certification at age 50.
Along life’s way, Golf became Rella’s prime interest as the sport she most enjoyed, and she was very good at it. Over the years, Rella played a total of 248 different golf courses which included locations in Hawaii, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Scotland, Fiji and Australia. She was a member of many Ladies’ Golf Associations at various times, being active in the organizations, and becoming a Club Champion in quite a few. She played in State Tournaments in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. One of Rella's great attributes, was that she was always willing to play with others, regardless of their capabilities, and enjoyed it.
Rella, during her lifetime, experienced the rough times, and the good times, and handled both quite well. She was a happy person, with a positive outlook on life.
Rella died in College Station, Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer, on July 17, 2007.
This is some of the background of the classy Lady named Rella, with a love of sports, and the knowledge of the importance of education, who is being honored through the granting of this Scholarship. In memory of her life and who's desire it would be to financially help another girl with a love of sports, in another generation, get a college education.
The Rella Lou Danenberg Aldrich Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a female Brazos Valley graduating senior who has participated in athletic activities all four years of high school.
- Recipient must be a graduating senior.
- Recipient may attend any college or university in the United States.
- Recipient must have participated in athletic activities all four years of high school.
- Recipient must demonstrate the motivation to attend college and further her education by written essay.
In order to be considered for this scholarship, please submit the following:
- A completed application
- A written essay of no more than 500 words telling the committee about you, your ambitions and plans, your reason for applying for this scholarship, how participating in athletics has impacted your life and any other relevant information you choose.
- Letters of recommendation from:
a. Coach/Athletic Director
b. High School Counselor
c. A non related adult who knows you well
- Official current high school transcript
THIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THE PRESENT TIME DUE TO FUNDING LIMITATIONS.
Reference Form Deadline
The scholarship is for up to $2,500 per year (paid half in Fall and half in Spring), subject to the availability of funding, if the following requirements are met:
- Must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 hours per semester.
- Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better for the first semester and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for first year.
- Scholarship to be used for tuition and fees; room and board.
This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years with a minimum completion of 12 hours per semester and a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the end of each semester. The recipient must provide an official transcript following each semester in order to receive the next semester’s payment.