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 scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. 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:
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive up to a $12,500 award. Up to seven (7) awards will be granted. Award distribution and number of awards granted are subject to change per the Gordon A. Rich Foundation based on funds available.
Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and an annual review by the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation of recipient’s progress. This will include a detailed update of the recipient’s projects and activities during the course of the academic year.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in August.
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. The GAR Scholar Selection Committee will review finalist applications and essays and select the recipients.
As part of your application, you must upload the following document:
NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.
One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 21, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.
Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.