HVA and Halls students receive Evan Richey scholarship

Susan EspirituKarns/Hardin Valley, Our Town Youth

Evan Thomas Richey

Evan Thomas Richey was a junior at Hardin Valley Academy when he received a diagnosis of metastatic osteosarcoma. After a courageous yearlong battle, he lost his life to cancer. Evan was a talented guitarist and artist who was a member of the Hardin Valley Academy RoHawktics Robotics Team.

Evan’s family hopes to keep his memory alive through the Evan Richey Memorial Scholarship and inspire talented scholars to pursue a career in cancer care and research.

Each year, at least two $2,000 scholarships are awarded to Knox County, Tennessee high school seniors-one to a Hardin Valley Academy senior and one to an at-large recipient.

​This year three students received a $2,000 scholarship from the Evan Richey Memorial Scholarship: Caroline Martin, Davyn Mengeling, and Jacob Collins.

Caroline Martin, a Hardin Valley Academy graduate, wrote about her older sister’s battle with cancer and how this shaped her life coping through art, thus leading to her desire to study art therapy. Caroline will be attending the University of Tampa, majoring in art therapy and nursing.

Davyn Mengeling, also a Hardin Valley Academy graduate, wrote about his personal battle with a very rare cancer and how it motivated him to never give up. Davyn will be attending the University of Tennessee, majoring in computer science.

Jacob Collins, a Halls High School graduate, wrote about many family members who have dealt with cancer and how he wants to make an impact on the world through science. Jacob will be attending the University of Tennessee, majoring in chemical engineering.

These three Knox County graduates will continue the legacy left by the beautiful soul, Evan Richey, thanks to donors who make the scholarships possible.

To donate to the Evan Richey Memorial Scholarship, click here.

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