Since 2014, the Guttmacher Institute's Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship has been nurturing the development of future leaders by providing financial support to students seeking advanced degrees in the fields of public health or public policy who plan to devote their careers to advancing policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The scholarship honors the legacy of Cory Richards, a member of the Guttmacher Institute staff for nearly four decades, whose passion for mentorship and commitment to leadership development benefited countless individuals in the field. Learn more about the application guidelines, including eligibility and selection criteria, by visiting our Scholarship America application portal.
The Guttmacher Institute is proud to have awarded the Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship to these emerging leaders in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights:
Shelby Birch will use the scholarship to complete a master’s degree in public policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University along with a certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Ms. Birch has demonstrated a commitment to elevating the experiences of Black women and marginalized communities. Upon completing her studies, Ms. Birch aims to “lobby for advocacy groups centered on Black women, reproductive justice and LGBTQIA+ policies to push political, systemic and sociological boundaries in hopes of educating others on the experiences of Black women and marginalized communities.”
Logina Mostafa will use the scholarship to complete a master’s degree in public health at the New York University College of Global Public Health. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in gender, women’s and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa, Ms. Mostafa cofounded the school’s Planned Parenthood student organization and worked with the university’s Women’s Resource & Action Center as a peer educator in its violence prevention education program. She also volunteered as a patient advocate at the Emma Goldman Clinic, in Iowa City, where she supported patients receiving abortion care.
Omolola Olaleye will use the scholarship to complete a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, Ms. Olaleye interned with Comfamiliar, a health center based in Cartagena, Colombia and with the Population and Reproductive Health Program at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She also worked as a health educator with the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. In 2015, she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program and was deployed to Puerto Rico and Florida.
Molly Kelly will use the scholarship to complete her master’s degree in public policy, with a concentration in women’s studies, at George Washington University. Ms. Kelly has substantial hands-on experience, including stints as a field organizer at MassEquality, as a legislative aide to Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier in the Massachusetts State House and as a residential advocate at a domestic violence shelter in Washington, DC. Most recently, she worked as an intern at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, focusing on projects related to the social and economic status of single mothers in the United States.
Brenda Trejo, a graduate of Seattle University, used the scholarship to complete her master's of public health in environmental health science and policy at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health. Since being awarded the Richards Scholarship, Ms. Trejo has become a research assistant for a George Washington University project investigating the role of environmental exposures in existing racial disparities in fibroids incidence.
Amandi Clarke used the scholarship to complete her master's of public health with a certificate in public health research methods at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Clarke is now a Data Analyst for the Primary Care Information Project, a bureau within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that aims to reduce health disparities through quality improvement programs focused on primary care providers in underserved neighborhoods.
Marlene Riquelme, recipient of the first Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship in 2014, received her master’s degree in public health and a certificate in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Riquelme has also been awarded scholarships by the Lynne-Loomis Price Memorial Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation. Ms. Riquelme is now working for the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities on a project to promote Zika virus prevention among Hispanic communities with close ties to South America, Central America and the Caribbean.