Through the memorial fund, we carry on her legacy through scholarship awards to deserving students pursuing their education in the healing arts, particularly the oncology field.
The Penney Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 by David and Penny Richards in memory of their daughter, Penney, who was killed in a motorcycle crash on November 19, 2009. At the time of her death she was a medical assistant with Massachusetts General Hospital's North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers, MA, and preparing to enter a radiation/oncology program to further her education.
Mr. and Mrs. Richards will seek applicants for scholarships from people who, like their daughter, are employed in the medical field and continuing their education to develop greater knowledge and skill sets to treat the range of patient needs in the health care arena. Applicants should be serious-minded, of sound character, and have a demonstrated commitment to exemplary patient care.
At the time of her death, Penney was applying to a program in at Southern Maine Community College to further her education in the field of radiation therapy for oncology patients. With this in mind, we have established the Penney Richards Memorial Fund to award scholarships to individuals who are pursuing education in the medical field.
The fund has continued to grow through the generosity of Penney's many friends and relatives. We are also grateful to the many individuals and businesses that have donated. We have awarded nearly $30,000 in the four years since inception of the Memorial Fund. Applicants may be of any age and level of education. We encourage those who are already working in the medical field and who are furthering their studies for more advanced training or higher level degrees.