The Richardson Scholarships

Scholarship Applications

In addition to submitting the appropriate Richardson Scholarship application found below, candidates are required to submit the following documents:

  • Submit a one page resume detailing community involvement or volunteer activities.
  • Submit a one page essay describing your commitment to Special Education and your long term career goals.
  • Provide three professional letters of recommendation: one letter of recommendation must address your academic abilities and one or more should address your commitment to volunteer service or community involvement. Examples of professional letters should be from a teacher, professor, principal, supervisor, or administrator. Note: PhD students do not need to submit any letters of recommendation.

In addition, all applicants must be accepted for enrollment or be currently enrolled as students in the Special Education program in the College of Education at the University of South Florida (Tampa Campus).

The Richardson Family Scholarships

The Alice C. Richardson Endowed Scholarship

Level: Undergraduate 
Majors Eligible: Exceptional Student Education 

This scholarship supports scholarships for full or part-time new freshman or currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in Exceptional Student Education in the USF Tampa College of Education. This scholarship is based on merit and can be awarded for two semesters.

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The Laurie Ann Richardson Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Level: Graduate
Majors Eligible: Exceptional Student Education

This scholarship is for graduate students pursuing a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education in the USF Tampa College of Education. This scholarship is based on merit and can be awarded up to two semesters. 

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The Cathy Lynne Richardson Endowed Scholarship

Level: Graduate (Doctoral)
Majors Eligible: Exceptional Student Education

This scholarship was created to support doctoral students majoring in Exceptional Student Education in the USF Tampa College of Education. This scholarship is merit based and may be awarded for up to two semesters. 

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Jack B. Richardson Scholarship in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters)
Majors Eligible: Exceptional Student Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Severe Intellectual Disabilities

This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education, or for new/currently enrolled graduate students who are pursuing a Masters Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe InD. Candidates should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

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Make a Memorial Gift to the Cathy Lynne Richardson Doctoral Endowed Scholarship