About the Scholarship

The Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship was established to remember the life and legacy of a great man, friend, son, and brother. Richard Holland was more than any one of these things--he was an infectious personality, a loyal teammate, a genuine smile, and a young soul.

The Holland Family Legacy Foundation has established the Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship Fund to be awarded annually to a chosen qualified applicant. The purpose of this scholarship is to continue the legacy of Richard Holland--his passion for helping people while enjoying life. This scholarship is a $2,500 award, renewable for up to three additional years.

  • 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale for High School applicant) or 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale for College applicant)
  • Plan to enroll or be enrolled in full time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire academic year.

The selection board will evaluate applications considering the following criteria:

  • Prior academic performance, as reflected in grade point average.
  • Performance on standardized aptitude tests such as SAT and ACT.
  • Demonstrated leadership and personal attributes.
  • Applicant’s goals and aspirations.
  • Extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, special talents, and other noteworthy activities.
  • Recommendation from a teacher and/or coach.
  • Recommendation from a peer.
  • Community Service.
  • Work History.
  • Financial need.

About Richard

Richard was the best of us. There was a tangible aura that he emitted that made those he came in contact with a happier person. When he was around, there were far more smiles on people lips, more mischief in people’s eyes, and more adventure in the air. He was always doing something; he had to be out making this world better for us. His heart was kind, gentle, and honest. He was a beacon of joy, a light in a room, truly the life of the party.

His friends will tell you in the following video that in this endeavor he was more than successful, he created moments and memories out of the smallest things. He touched more people’s lives than most of us can ever imagine. Not necessarily in the large life altering ways, though he did do that, but in the little things. He could make anyone’s day and he would without even thinking. There was this effortlessness to the way he went through life, as if nothing could go wrong. “He was a man, he could do anything.” And he did.

With his family he climbed mountains, swam with dolphins, overcame every obstacle put before him and came out on the other side smiling. There is no person most of us have or ever will look up to more. He will continue to inspire us as he inspired everyone he ever met. He accomplished so much throughout his life, constantly striving to be the best he could be. He was respected as a leader, not because he had authority, but because he was dedicated to the people he led. His compassion shone through in everything he did, in every choice he made. His family and friends remain in awe of this man, this boy, who could touch the lives of so many. He knew how to live. He did it right.

From Richard's Friends and Family

Richard's FBA Video


Application Components
  • Video Essay: Tell us something you are passionate about and why in a 3-5 minute video speech.
  • Personal Essay: Describe a specific experience and how that experience shaped you as an individual.
  • Adult and Peer Appraisal: Explain how the applicant has made an impact on your life or impacted others.
  • Transcripts: Upload your high school transcripts.

Application Process
  • Email info@rjhollandscholarship.org with questions.
  • Applications will be accepted online starting January 1 through March 15.
  • The Holland Family Legacy Foundation will appoint the scholarship selection board.
  • The National Speech and Debate Association will notify the recipient of the scholarship by May 1.
  • The scholarship award may be used for undergraduate tuition and fees only.
  • Funds will be distributed directly to the school and split evenly between fall and spring semesters.
  • The selection board is not required to award a scholarship in a particular year if the board believes there are not enough qualified applicants.
  • If the recipient is unable to accept the award, the board may select an alternate recipient.


The Richard Holland Scholarship Fund (Account # 1040545) is a donor-advised fund established under the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. Please include your name and mailing address with the donation check to ensure return from Fidelity Charitable of a receipt for income tax deduction purposes.

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

P.O. Box 7700001

Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053

Previous Winners

  • May 12, 2016: Congratulations to Emma Hochfelder of Harlan, Iowa the 2016 recipient of the Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship.

  • May 1, 2015: The 2015 awardee of the Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship is Zane Chen of Madison Heights, Michigan. Zane plans on attending the University of Michigan. Congratulations Zane.

  • May 1, 2014: The 2014 Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Dana Moore of Wheeler, Oregon. Congratulations Dana!!

  • May 1, 2013: The 2013 Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Cyrus Ghaznavi from Dallas, Texas and Courtney Schutze from Flower Mound, Texas. Congratulations and best of luck to Cyrus and Courtney.

  • May 1, 2012: The 2012 Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Kayla Wade of Grants Pass, Oregon. Kayla will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, where she plans to study forensics and communications. Congratulations Kayla.