Rashad G. Richardson “I Can Achieve” Memorial Scholarship

The Rashad G. Richardson "I Can Achieve" Memorial Scholarship is intended to recognize select students who exemplify leadership in programs with the BIPOC Unity Center or other programs across campus.  The ideal candidate will have made significant contributions toward improving the quality of life for BIPOC youth (K-12) in the Tompkins County community, their local community, or through a national organization dedicated to supporting BIPOC youth.  

This award honors Rashad Galen (Gaylen) Richardson, who passed away in 2001 as a result of a school accident at the young age of 12 years old. He was a good-natured kid with an infectious, winning smile who loved to hang out with his friends and attend the after-school program at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) here in our local community. Being a good citizen mattered to young Rashad. He was a middle school National Junior Honor Society student, a gifted athlete, and a community service volunteer. The Rashad G. Richardson “I Can Achieve” Memorial Scholarship, here at Ithaca College celebrates the legacy of a bright and shining star. 

  Only students returning for the 2023-2024 academic year as full-time undergraduate students are eligible. Any questions about financial aid packaging should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services

All additional questions, concerns, and comments should be directed to Cliff-Simon Vital in the BIPOC Unity Center at cvital@ithaca.edu (607) 274-5105, or stop by (Suite 339, 3rd floor of Campus Center, Egbert Hall). We look forward to reviewing your submissions! 

-The BIPOC Unity Center 

The Rashad G. Richardson “I Can Achieve” Memorial Scholarship - 2023 Recipient

"Receiving this scholarship has significantly reduced my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies and community involvement. I am so grateful for your generosity and support, which have allowed me to pursue my dreams and make a difference in the world. Thank you for investing in my future and allowing me to pursue my passion."

The Rashad G. Richardson “I Can Achieve” Memorial Scholarship - 2022 Recipient

 I am immensely honored to be the recipient of this prestigious scholarship and excited to continue my efforts in improving the quality of life for POC youth here on this campus and beyond my time at IC. Thank you for this recognition and adding more fuel to my passion for the betterment of underrepresented bodies.

Caleigh Clarke