“I have always enjoyed taking care of my younger siblings and during high school I was involved in the Child Development Projects,” says Richard. “My love for working with young people grew and eventually led me to choose a major in Speech Language Pathology.”
Ms. Richard will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she will continue to work on a Master’s Degree in Speech, Hearing, or Language Pathology. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech, Language and Audiology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Ms. Richard states, “Upon receiving my Master’s Degree, I hope to work within the school system as an SLP and have plans to one day open up my own practice. I have always had a passion for young children and hope that I can always serve as a positive role model.”
“As a speech pathologist, I am looking forward to making a difference in children’s lives, one moment and one person at a time.”
Junior Auxiliary is an organization dedicated to rendering charitable services beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children.
The primary purpose of the scholarship program is to present a gift to the children who ultimately benefit from the advance schooling of the NAJA Scholarship recipient.
Begun in 1962, the NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program has awarded 490 grants totaling almost $1,079,000.00.
Awards are given to persons pursuing graduate level studies in fields which address the special needs of children and youth.
The NAJA Graduate Scholarship program is supported by contributions from Junior Auxiliary Chapters, the National Association, and memorials and honorary gifts from individuals and groups.