The Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Guttmacher Institute, supports emerging leaders in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Established in 2014 in honor of Cory L. Richards, a leading figure in the field whose remarkable career at the Guttmacher Institute spanned nearly four decades, the scholarship reflects what was for him a core commitment: nurturing the development of new leaders. It does so by providing financial support to students who plan to devote their careers to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and who are seeking advanced degrees in public health or public policy.
To commemorate the 10th and final year of this scholarship program, two individuals will be chosen as Cory Richards Scholars and awarded a one-time scholarship of $20,000 each to support full-time or part-time graduate study at an accredited institution in the United States. In keeping with the Institute’s and Cory’s dedication to equalizing opportunity, priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need.
Past recipients include individuals who went on to work with the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities to promote Zika virus prevention among Hispanic communities; pursue a doctoral degree in environmental health from George Washington University; and track and analyze regional COVID-19 trends with the Georgia Department of Public Health.
The Institute thanks the many individuals, colleague organizations and foundations whose generosity made this scholarship possible.