The Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation (“GAR”) was created to honor the memory of Gordon Rich. Gordon was an individual of extraordinary talent, energy and persistence with a passion for life. He was extremely bright, hard working, a superb athlete, an accomplished pianist, a master chef and wine connoisseur, an advisor to corporations and their leaders and a loving father and husband. His effusive personality combined with a genuine interest in the well being of others yielded him a plethora of friends from all walks of life.
GAR’s mission is to award grants to support the higher education goals of its recipients. The recipients of GAR scholarships are exceptionally qualified high school students with demonstrated financial need whose parents or guardians have, or had, a career in the financial services industry.
This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.
Applicants to the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship Program must be:
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in August.
Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:
The essay topic: Drawing on your own interests, accomplishments and experiences, tell how you’ve embodied the passion, spirit and ideals exemplified in the life of Gordon A. Rich. (Information about Mr. Rich is available on the Gordon A. Rich website gordonrich.org.)
Financial need will be considered. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate need.
Scholarship America will select up to 25 semi-finalists. Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation will review finalist essays and select the recipients.
As part of your application, you must upload the following document:
Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. Central Time February 19, 2021.
Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.