DALLAS, Texas. - Rona Rae Berhow Scholarship Announced; Even though her life ended way too early at the age of 48 from breast cancer almost 30 years ago, the name of the late Rona Rae Berhow will, no doubt make an indelible mark on 10 future graduates of Escanaba Area Public Schools.
A $1,000 scholarship in Rona's name is being established by her son, Glen E. Berhow of Dallas, Texas, and will be awarded to one Escanaba High School student each year for the next 10 years. Berhow is a 1976 graduate of Escanaba High School.
The Rona Rae Berhow Memorial Scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a 2014 EHS graduate. The scholarship winner will be decided by Berhow's son, Zach, also of Dallas, in honor of the grandmother he never met.
Rona Rae Berhow
According to the conditions of the scholarship, the annual award will be given to a deserving female graduate who has shown strong work ethic, family dedication, selflessness and who grew up in a single parent home or without parents.
Rona, who passed away Aug. 31, 1984, is described by her son as "a loving, dedicated, selfless mother of four children who was mostly on her own at a young age. She was a tireless worker and gave all of her of energy and love to her children, even through the daily battle with breast cancer over the last few years of her life."
Berhow said he has wanted to establish the scholarship in his mother's name for some time, but needed to wait until he was in the right financial position to do so.
"My mother never got to finish high school as her and her sister Lil had to work to take care of themselves at age 16, when they moved into rooming houses" Berhow said. "All the years I was growing up, she was always incredibly hard working and very selfless. This scholarship is a tribute to my mom and I couldn't think of a better way to honor her."