Significant Challenge College Scholarship

About the Scholarship

This year, Richie's Spirit Foundation will award $3,500 in college scholarships to a graduating high school senior who demonstrates leadership, character, and initiative in school and community affairs and merits academic achievement.

Since inception, RSF has awarded more than $12,000 in college scholarships to deserving applicants. The program receives over 2,000 applications each year.

Richie Herskowitz died in October 2007 of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) related causes. He was just short of finishing his senior year of high school. Richie lived his life with a positive spirit no matter what obstacles got in his way. Watch a video to learn more about Richie's life.

Application Requirements

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • A legal U.S. citizen currently enrolled in a U.S. - accredited high school who will graduate in the Spring of 2016;
  • Plans to attend a vocational schools, community college, or four-year college full-time during the 2016 - 2017 academic year;
  • Has a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent);
  • Has taken challenging courses throughout his or her high school career;
  • Has demonstrated strong leadership roles within his or her community.

There is no cost to apply.

Application Process

The 2016 Significant Challenge College Scholarship grant cycle is now closed.  Winners will be announced in the Spring of 2016.