The Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in the winter of 2003. The fund has been supported by family, friends, teammates, teachers, coaches and all who loved him.
Ty had an uncanny way of making a friend of everyone he met. Throughout his young life, he always had a kind word, a bright smile and warm support to offer those around him.
At age 16, a tragic car accident took Tyler’s life before he had the chance to begin his journey to adulthood. In the spirit of Tyler Richards, this scholarship fund is intended to financially support and inspire its recipients to strive for their best through higher education.
Your support is greatly appreciated by those who will benefit, as well as all who believe Tyler's spirit lives on.
Sandy Richards George
"A few more laughs and his dashing smile...An excerpt from original poem by Bailey Michaud, Oct 3, 2003
Might have done the trick for a very short while.
Taken so quickly, without any warning...
Little did we know, our Angel we would be mourning.
We will remember you always, with a smile on our face...
Your name never forgotten, not in this case.
So go now Tyler, feel free to fly...
Knowing you're our angel, Our Angel in Disguise."
I am attending Grand Valley State University and will be pursuing an electrical engineering major. I hope to work in the field of alternative energy, innovating technologies that encourage sustainable lifestyles.
I will be attending Michigan State University this fall. I plan to pursue a degree in business.
I plan on attending the University of Alabama to study Occupational Therapy. As an OT, I would like to work with pediatric special needs patients.
I am attending the University of Michigan this fall to obtain my undergraduate degree. I am unsure what I want to major in right now, but I am interested in the computer science field. I am looking forward to the many new friends and memories I will make in Ann Arbor in these coming years.
I have decided to attend the University of Michigan to study cognitive science and neuroscience. I will be participating in the honors college as I have been accepted into the undergraduate research program. I will also try out for club volleyball as I would like to stay active.
I am attending Western Michigan University where I will be majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I plan on becoming a medical research scientist. I am very honored and proud to be a recipient of this scholarship and to be part of Tyler’s legacy. This generous scholarship is going to help me reach my college goals. In the future, I plan to pay it forward to help others reach their goals.
I am attending Aquinas College next fall where I will be majoring in Sustainable Business and double minoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish Language and Culture. I feel very honored and blessed to have received this scholarship. I like to think that, like Tyler, I have a kind heart and a passion to live life to its fullest. Lending an ear and a supportive heart is often the best way to be a friend and to help others. In a world today full of hate, people like Tyler, with a bright smile and a huge heart, can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
I would like to attend the University of Missouri and work toward my Bachelor of Science degree and then continue on to medical school. I plan on becoming board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. The most important lesson that I learned in high school was how to persevere emotionally. I believe in having a positive attitude even when life doesn’t go how you expect it to.
I will be going to Michigan State University to study neuroscience. I plan to continue my education and attend medical school to become a child psychiatrist or pediatrician.
I will be attending Oakland University in the fall. Being awarded this scholarship was so eye-opening to me. It made me realize how much this life we live means to all of us. We should spend it with a kind heart and a strong personality to make others happy, as well as, ourselves.
I will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall. I am very honored and blessed to have been able to know Tyler when I was younger; his kindhearted spirit was something that will stay with me forever. I am very grateful for being honored with such a meaningful scholarship.
I will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall. I am part of the Living Leadership Program for Freshmen and I plan on participating in student council and other groups at Saginaw Valley. My major is Occupational Therapy.
I am attending the University of Michigan in the fall. I do not know what I would like to study yet, but I hope that I can decide within the first year. At one point, I was leaning towards a communications degree, but life seems to change my mind every day. I look forward to interesting and challenging classes at U of M, as well as some awesome football games and lots of new friends.
I will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall to complete my undergraduate degree. I will be studying mechanical/civil or industrial engineering. My future plans include earning my master’s degree and pursuing an engineering career preferably in the manufacturing industry.
I will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall where I intend to study biology. I am interested in the field of biomedical engineering and genetics, possibly becoming a geneticist or genetic counselor.
I plan on attending Kalamazoo College this fall to study business finance or sports management.
I plan to attend Harvard, Notre Dame or Northwestern University to study biomedical engineering or medicine.
I plan on attending Western Michigan University to follow my dream into the field of aerospace engineering with the goal of becoming your basic “rocket scientist” and a Naval Flight Officer.
I plan to attend Davenport University to study Sports Management where I have already secured a partial scholarship to play volleyball.
I would like to attend either Michigan State University or Central Michigan University studying pre-med with the goal of becoming a pediatrician or general practitioner.
In the fall I will be starting my freshman year at Michigan State University. At this time, I am planning on majoring in psychology and eventually becoming a psychology teacher.
I have been accepted to Grand Valley State University and am awaiting word on my application to Michigan State University. My goal is to study pre-med and become an anesthesiologist.
I am planning on attending Central Michigan University. I am interested in working in Pediatrics and possibly becoming a doctor. I love to help people and I feel that this field of work will allow me to do that.
My plans are to attend community college while I decide my future academic goals.
I will be attending Grand Valley State University to major in Health Professions with a minor in Psychology. After finishing undergraduate degree, I will begin working towards a Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley State University.
I plan on attending Michigan State University to study Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
In the fall, I will be attending Oberlin college in Oberlin, Ohio, to pursue a degree in Economics and Finance. I will also be playing football for Oberlin as an outside linebacker.
To receive the Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship was a great honor. Unfortunately, Tyler and I did not know each other very well, but I'll always remember how he was the only player from the eight grade basketball team who talked and helped me while I was on the seventh grade team. His kind actions influenced me to give a helping hand whenever possible. The family scholarship donation will significantly help my finances as a full time student at Grove City College where I will be studying entrepreneurship. Tyler's scholarship will help me build my strengths in the career world.
I am currently a student at Grand Valley State University. I am planning on receiving a Bachelor of Art in professional writing with a minor in either political science or business. I hope to one day earn my Master's as well. I would like to eventually become a published writer. It was a tremendous honor to receive Tyler's scholarship and I hope to make him and his family very proud.
The Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship helped me tremendously to meet the expense of tuition at Madonna University where I am currently majoring in Business Administration. The scholarship money allowed me to attend the university full time my freshman year without any loans and will help finance tuition for the remainder of my collage career. It has been an honor and great privilege receiving the award and having my name associated with the Richards family.
I am currently attending Grand Valley State University. I am planning on getting a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and minoring in physical education, hoping to become a secondary education math and gym teacher. I also would really enjoy to coach a sport, like basketball, while teaching. I like working with people and I think teaching would be perfect for me.
I was one of the first people selected to receive the Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship. I am currently enrolled at Western Michigan University. I have an undeclared major at this time but my heart is set on Communications. I enjoy interacting with people. I have spoke and sung in front of large crowds for as long as I can remember. With a Communications Major, I can pursue many different avenues. I feel that my strengths lie in the area of public relations. This scholarship has helped me get closer to reaching my goals.
In Tyler’s memory, the Walled Lake Braves and the Walled Lake Northern Wrestling Team present the annual Tyler Richards Sportsmanship Award to the player who shows heart, determination and good sportsmanship, both on and off the football field or wrestling mat.
Walled Lake Braves, Tyler Richards Sportsmanship Award Recipients:
Walled Lake Northern Wrestling Team, Tyler Richards Sportsmanship Award Recipients:
Since 2005, over $26,000 has been awarded to graduating seniors from Walled Lake Northern High School from the Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship through Legacy Scholarship Funds, Inc. If you would like to make a donation to Legacy Scholarship Funds/Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship, please click on the links below. You can make an online donation with a Credit/Debit card or e-Check via the Legacy website. You can also mail in a check or money order by completing the Donation Form listed below.
Fate, love and a writing competition collided in November 2011 to bring to life A Far Cry…From Home. "To life" ... together, those are two interesting words, for without the loss of life, this story would not be told. The events of a sunny afternoon in September 2003 set off a chain of events that caused my family to embark on a journey of unrelenting heartbreak, discovery, and eventual healing. Heartbreak came charging in on a black stallion, determined to crush us under the weight of the unexpected death of our son, Tyler.
One dollar per book sale from A Far Cry...From Home will be donated to the Tyler Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Whether you are a past scholarship or award recipient, family, friend or classmate, we would love to hear from you! Along our journey to keep Tyler’s legacy alive, we are grateful for the memories you share. We are excited to learn of your accomplishments and the recollections you have of your friendship with Tyler. Thank you!