The Board of Scholarship Foundation mourns the passing of our founder, Dan K. Richardson, who died on Dec. 17, 2014 at age 95. Mr. Richardson was a longtime Indian River County resident, leader and philanthropist whose reach and contributions were transformational. A respected leader in the citrus industry, Richardson served as Chairman of Gracewood Groves and Gracewood Fruit Company, at the same time playing an active, leadership role in early fundraising campaigns for many local institutions, including the Riverside Theatre, the Vero Beach Museum of Arts, and Gifford Youth Activity Center. He served on the Indian River Medical Center Foundation and was the first president of the United Way of Indian River County.
Mr. Richardson's true passion was education. He believed that local students should have the opportunity to attend college, in order to be successful in their own lives and thereby strengthen the community. In 1964, Mr. Richardson and members of the Rotary Club founded a local chapter Dollars for Scholars with a vision and mission of providing need-based scholarships to enable all students, regardless of financial circumstances, to realize their college dreams. When Dollars for Scholars awarded its first $500 scholarship, Richardson had no idea how generously the community would respond to support the fledgling organization and the impact it would have on generations of Indian River County students.
From 1965-2014, Dollars for Scholars, now Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County, fulfilled Richardson's vision by awarding $9.1MM to 2,718 accomplished and deserving Indian River County students. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Scholarship Foundation is thankful for Richardson's vision and honored to preserve his legacy by continuing to carry out our mission.
A Visitation Celebration will be held at Vero Beach Country Club from 4 to
7 pm on Thursday, January 8th and the community is invited. A private family memorial service will be held at the
Community Church with interment at Hillcrest Memorial Garden. The
family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dan's name to the Gifford Youth Activities
Center or the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River (Dollars for Scholars).
This year's recipients were beneficiaries of six new awards created by supporters passionate about education.
The Robert C. Rathbone and August Dykstra Memorial Scholarship was created by Juliet Dykstra in memory of her grandfather and her husband, both of whom believed in the importance of a college education. Juliet says, "An education opens doors that otherwise would remain shut. It provides options and the possibility to pursue these options. Once you have a college degree, you can take your dreams to the next level and do all you can to make them come true. I was fortunate that my grandfather set funds aside so I would be able to go to college. That is why I am proud and grateful I have the opportunity to do for others what my beloved grandfather did for me. "
The Andrzej Humberto Steyer Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Tommy and Simonetta Steyer's son, Andrzej, who tragically passed away in 2013. This is the 5th Steyer Award. Beginning in 2004, Tommy and Simonetta along with Tommy's sister Helen Steyer established four other scholarships: the Dr. (Hon) Stanley and Diana Mary Steyer Memorial Scholarship, in memory of their parents, the Helen Sarah Steyer Award, the Thomas M. Steyer and Helen S. Steyer Award, and the Thomas and Simonetta Steyer Award. Together, these scholarships have helped 40 Indian River County students attend college.
Clockwise from top: Simonetta and Tommy Steyer with recipients of Steyer scholarship recipients (from left) Carolyn Dang, Taylor Gray, Olivia Blakeman, Lauren Varenkamp, and Melina Zohn; Board member Joan Cook and Robert Strawser with Strawser recipient Griselda Ruan; Karen VanDeVoorde, daughter Cynthia Hall and Karen's husband Rene with VanDeVoorde recipient Devon Rymer
The Mary Ellen Strawser Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of former Scholarship Foundation Board Member and visionary and co-founder of the Orchid Island Outreach and Employee Scholarships established with Scholarship Foundation. Mary Ellen's family and friends funded this award to celebrate her memory, her accomplishments and her many, many life-long contributions to education. Mary Ellen passed away in 2013.
The VanDeVoorde Family Scholarship was established by the VanDeVoorde family in honor of Karen: wife, mother, Indian River County educator and Scholarship Foundation Board Member since 1988. This endowed award will be made in perpetuity to recognize Karen's past and continuing contributions to educating local students and offering wise counsel to the Scholarship Foundation board and scholarship applicants and their families.
The Barbara L. Stevens Memorial Scholarship results from a bequest by a woman who wanted to support education long after her passing. We are grateful to donors like Barbara who have the vision to make a lasting difference in the lives of future generations.
The William S. Youngman Scholarship fund was created through a bequest from Hilde Babin. A Scholarship Foundation donor for 10 years, Hilde was a philanthropist committed to education. Growing up under meager circumstances in Germany, Hilde vowed early on that she would become successful, make a difference and help others. She fulfilled these goals as a fashion model, business woman and philanthropist.Hilde left a legacy endowment in the name of her beloved William Youngman to Scholarship Foundation in the amount of $1,000,000 to help our mission of ensuring that students with a need and dream to attend college can and will. Hilde will be deeply missed but her generosity will be appreciated by future generation of Indian River County students.
Five Receive Schuble Family Scholarships
Soozi and David Schuble with the recipients of the 2014 Schuble Family Scholarships, from left, Spencer Woodward, Colton Warren, Amanda Brocksmith, Stephie Cyril, and Courtney Gormley. To date, the Schuble's gift to Scholarship Foundation's endowment in 2010 has supported 39 students.
Long-time Supporters Present 2014 Awards
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Quail Valley Charities Scholarship
Orchid Island Scholarships
Wells Fargo Opportunity Scholarship
Grand Harbor Outreach Scholarship
Realtors Association Scholarship
Tyrone McGriff Memorial Scholarship
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Fischman Family Scholarship
Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County
Address: PO Box 1820, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1820 · Phone:772-569-9869 · Fax: 772-770-6181