2009-07-17 / Milestones

Locals Receive Richardson Foundation Scholarships

Michael D. Richardson Scholarship recipient Keturah Munroe. Michael D. Richardson Scholarship recipient Keturah Munroe. Keturah Munroe was selected as one of the recipients of the Michael D. Richardson Foundation Inc. Scholarship Fund. Monroe is an 18-year-old Arverne resident, who graduated with honors from Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School. She was accepted at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she plans to become an attorney. She was awarded a total of $1,000 to use towards her education.

The second recipient of the Scholarship Fund was Alisha Clarke, an 18-year-old Bayswater resident who graduated from Hillcrest High School.

She was accepted at Hunter College where she will major in nursing. She also received $1,000 to use towards her education.

This foundation, born out of tragedy, was implemented by Ralph Richardson Sr., CEO and owner of R & J Construction Corp. His son Michael was slain in Washington D.C. on June 29, 2007. His son, a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University in Washington D.C., was employed by the Public Defender's Office at the time of his death.

Michael D. Richardson Scholarship recipient Alisha Clarke. Michael D. Richardson Scholarship recipient Alisha Clarke. Ralph Richardson Sr. has turned tragedy into triumph and hope by offering scholarships to low income minority youths in the Rockaways. These young people should be highly motivated, full-time college-bound high school graduates. Potential applicants may write to the Michael D. Richardson Foundation Inc., 4435 Austin Blvd., Island Park NY 11558, to obtain additional information.

A spokesperson for the foundation says, "We also reach out to all business people who make an investment in our future through our youth by making a tax deductible donation to the foundation. This is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization."

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