As part of their 50th reunion festivities, a local alumni group raised $54,000 for scholarships.

It now quickly seeks applicants whose parents or grandparents didn’t receive higher education to start spending that money this fall.

Richmond High School’s Class of 1971 collaborated to help the school’s Class of 2022 pursue their vocational training or college goals.

Applications are due March 11.  LINK: Class of 71 Scholarship App

Applicants must have parents and grandparents who did not graduate from college, vocational school or a similar institution.

Class of 2022 members must have been enrolled at RHS for at least two years and admitted to an accredited two- or four-year vocational school or college.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic success, have been active in extra-curricular activities and/or demonstrate financial need. Strong consideration will be given to students with a history of community service and/or significant work experience and those from underserved populations.

Students must submit an application, two letters of recommendation and their transcript.  They also will write an essay describing their RHS experience, community service and/or work experience, career goals, chosen educational program and an obstacle they’ve overcome.

The number of scholarships will be determined by the alumni scholarship committee after reviewing all applications.

For instance, one student might receive $20,000 over two to four years, depending on their goals, said committee member David Corsi. Some of the awards might be renewable annually.

Applications, which contain more details about requirements, are available from counselor Sally Porter and can be emailed to or mailed to Porter’s attention at RHS.


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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.