Elsie E. Richardson Scholarship

Elsie E. Richardson was a community activist in Bedford Stuyvesant for a number of decades. She was born in 1922 in New York, NY and following high school, where she developed secretarial skills, she put these skills to work to serve her country in Washington D.C. during WWII. Following the war she married and relocated to Brooklyn. Elsie’s involvement and activism placed her in the forefront in supporting and/or forming the following well known organizations: Crown Heights Health Center, St. John’s Recreation Center, Pratt Institute Center for Community Development, Medgar Evers College, Boys and Girls HS, Weeksville Society, and Magnolia Tree Earth Center.

Elsie, a strong supporter of education, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and her MA from the New School for Social Research. As the Co-Chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Housing Committee in the 1960s she escorted Senator Robert F. Kennedy on a tour of the area. Following the tour upon his recommendation she formed a committee which led to the formation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Her tireless energy led to her employment as a Broadcaster on Medgar Evers College Radio and a position with the NYC Board of Education. Her family is paying tribute to her commitment to community by offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet the criteria identified below:

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Elsie E. Richardson lived her life with dedication to her community of Central Brooklyn at a time when women of color did not generally have such opportunities. In 500 words or less, please describe your commitment to community through specific activities in high school. In addition, please identify obstacles to your own success for high school completion.

Please email your college acceptance letter and essay to Frank Dody at fdody@restorationplaza.org


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  • Acceptance to a four year college for September 2018 with preference given to a student attending Pratt
  • Demonstration of community service during high school career
  • Successful high school completion while overcoming obstacles
  • Resident or high school student in Central Brooklyn with preference given to a student at Boys and Girls High School or participation in Restoration youth programs
  • Nominate a student by filling out their name

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