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Frequently Asked Questions

Who was Richie?

Richie Herskowitz died in October 2007 of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) related causes.  He was just short of finishing his senior year of high school.  In 1996, Richie became the youngest CF patient to receive a double-lung transplant.  Richie lived his life with a positive spirit, no matter what obstacles got in his way. 

To learn more about Richie and to watch a video about his life, click here

Is there a cost to apply?

No, there is no cost to apply for the scholarship.

When is the deadline?

All applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2020.  Under no circumstance will applications be accepted after this deadline. 

How do I apply?

The only way to apply for the scholarship is to fill out the online application form here.  We will not accept snail mail applications.

Who reviews my application?

A select panel of judges from around the country anonymously review the applications. 

What should I write my essay about?

Click here to see our Essay Writing Tips

Can I mail in extra materials for review?

No.  In an effort to be fair to all applicants, we will not review any extra materials. 

When do I send in my transcript?

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be contacted and asked to send in a copy of your transcript.  You do not need to send in a transcript when you submit your application. 

When do I send in my letter of recommendation?

If you are selected as a finalist, your recommender will be contacted and asked to e-mail us your letter of recommendation.  Please include all contact information for your recommender. 

How does the review process work?

Your application is guaranteed to be read by at  least one judge.  Applications go through elimination rounds with different judges reviewing based on the scholarship guidelines.  

How will I know if I am a scholarship finalist?

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be notified by e-mail in the spring.

Can I get feedback from judges on my application?

Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, unfortunately, we cannot provide you feedback.

I live overseas but attend an American-accredited high school. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you are a student living overseas but attending an American-accredited high school, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

I am home-schooled. Can I apply?

Yes, home-schooled students are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Under "School Name" on the application, put "Home School".

I graduated high school last year, but took a gap year before starting college in the fall. Can I still apply?

Yes, if you graduated high school last year with the necessary application requirements, but delayed starting college for a year to do a gap year program, you can still apply for the scholarship. Please let us know at the bottom of your essay that you took a gap year.