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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.

Thank you,
Sheldon Richards
Sandy Richards George
Austin Richards

"A few more laughs and his dashing smile...
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."
An excerpt from original poem by Bailey Michaud, Oct 3, 2003

Scholarship Recipients

Emma Callender

Emma Callender

Emma Callender is a 2021 graduate from Walled Lake Northern High School who will be attending Michigan State University to major in Biology. Emma hopes to work in the medical field.

Braeden Lunsford

Braeden Lunsford

Braeden Lunsford is a 2021 graduate from Walled Lake Northern High School who will be attending Oakland University to major in Business Marketing. Braeden hopes to eventually own his own business.

Memorial Awards

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 Braves award video

  • 2020: Fernando Gonzalez & Owen Sinclair
  • 2019: Austin Rybek
  • 2018: Drew Moyer & Zion Tinnon
  • 2017: Ben Flake
  • 2016: Anthony Shebat
  • 2015: Brandon Camfield
  • 2014: Joey Brincat
  • 2013: Tyler Camfield
  • 2012: Johnny Schiavi
  • 2011: Jared Leach
  • 2010: Eric Pfannes
  • 2009: Kyle Bambard & Ethan Vieux
  • 2007: Michael Pate
  • 2006: Evan Link
  • 2005: Adam Darga
  • 2004: Joe Hahn & Kyle Roesler
  • 2003: Nathan Glant

Walled Lake Northern Wrestling Team, Tyler Richards Sportsmanship Award Recipients:

  • 2018: Tyler & Taylor Fath
  • 2017: Ben Taylor
  • 2016: Jarrett Greenstein
  • 2015: Unknown
  • 2014: The Kern Family
  • 2013: Andrew Hahnenberg
  • 2012: Nicholas Ferro
  • 2011: Tyler Phillips & Ryan Ferro
  • 2010: Alex Zetouna
  • 2009: Alex Vansant
  • 2008: Keith Thalacker
  • 2007: Mark Waun & John Crable
  • 2006: Melissa Lesner
  • 2005: Brett Redwood
  • 2004: Craig Waldie


Donate To The Scholarship Fund

Since 2005, over $30,000 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.

Legacy Scholarship Funds Online Donation Site

Print/Mail Donation Form

A Far Cry...From Home

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. The second edition of A Far Cry...From Home was released on Amazon on January 12, 2021.

A Far Cry...From Home: Book Trailer


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!

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