WAYNE RICHARDS SCHOLARSHIP
Named in honor of beloved social worker, Wayne Richards
September 8, 1942 - December 18, 2017
In honor of Wayne Richards, Pascale's Pals has instituted the Wayne Richards Scholarship Fund, designed for post-secondary education support to students who have been treated at Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia, MO for a sustained period of time in the hematology/oncology, pulmonology, endocrinology, neurology, or rheumatology divisions. The scholarship is for a graduating high school senior for their continuing education via college or trade school. A pdf of the application form is provided in the link below.
"Wayne Richards was not just an ordinary social worker. He became a trusted friend and an extraordinary supporter of Pascale's Pals and all of the patients and families who came in contact with him."
Francis Wayne Richards was born September 8, 1942, to Francis and Marcella Richards. He was raised in Morris, IL, graduated from Kilroe College in Pennsylvania, and received his masters' degree in social work from the University of Chicago. Wayne spent his career in social work in a variety of settings. Among other positions, he was the Executive Director of Good Samaritan Boys Ranch near Springfield, MO, the administrator of two psychiatric hospitals, the Assistant Executive Director of Visiting Nurses Association in Columbia, and a medical social worker at the University of Missouri Hospital. In this last role, Wayne offered guidance and support to many cancer patients and their families dealing with this shocking new world that accompanied a cancer diagnosis. Wayne worked closely with these families and Pascale's Pals to identify and fulfill the specific needs of each child and their family members. He went beyond the job description, becoming a friend and support, a friendly face checking in to say hello and offering help wherever possible.
Pascale’s Pals awarded five $1,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors for post-secondary education via college or trade school to a child who has been treated at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for a life threatening or chronic condition. Each recipient received $1,500 for their future education. The 2021 scholarships were awarded to the following individuals:
Ava Wilson: Mexico Senior High School
Eliyah McCarthy: Battle High School
Ethan Jones: Hickman High School
Jakob Huff: Moberly High School
Jenavee Puryear: Kirksville High School