KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Four Knox County high school seniors received memorial grants of $ 2,000 each in honor of the late son of a Knoxville woman who died of bone cancer.
The scholarship is named after Evan Richey who died the day he received his high school diploma.
His mother, Tina Richey, started the scholarship in 2020 and awarded two student scholarships.
One of the most important parts of the application is to write an essay on how cancer has affected your life.
This year’s winners are: Linnea Johnsen from Hardin Valley Academy, Mason Motley from Farragut High School, Sierra Shuck-Sparer from West High School and Christine Sprague from Farragut High School.
Johnsen wrote about her mother who had cancer when she was a young girl. Now she is grateful to have received the scholarship.
‘I didn’t really expect to get it. But it means a lot to me. So thank you to the Richey family, ”said Johnsen.
Mason Motley also had bone cancer, as did Evan Richey, and was being treated at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at the same time. Although they never met, Motley heard a lot about Evan from his parents.
“I just hope that my story, like his story, can inspire others,” said Motley.
Christine Sprague said her brother had cancer when she was a kid. She was inspired by him and plans to pursue nursing care in college.
“I thought I should write about what I’ve seen when I saw someone fighting cancer and trying to relate to their family and the things they’ve been through,” Sprague explained.
The fourth recipient, Sierra Shuck-Sparer, was unable to attend at the time of the story as treatment for her brain cancer returned. She shared a statement.
“I am honored to be a recipient of the Evan Richey Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will give me the opportunity to study healthcare policy at Georgia Tech, ”said Sierra Shuck-Sparer,“ Reading about Evan Richey and how smart and dedicated he was, I feel even more honored to have this scholarship on his behalf received. . Receiving this scholarship makes me more determined to overcome Gertrude [what she named her cancer] and continue to work towards my goals of improving access to healthcare. “
Tina Richey has a committee that helps her determine the recipients.
“Some of the essays I’m referring to just brought tears to my eyes,” said Richey.
In total there were 35 registrations. The money will be used for tuition fees.
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