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09-02-2009

Richards Receives Clarkson University Scholarship in Memory of PT Grad Walsh

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Clarkson University’s 2009 Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to second year doctor of physical therapy student Michael J. Richards of St. Regis Richards Receives Clarkson University Scholarship in Memory of PT Grad WalshFalls.

The scholarship was established in memory of Walsh, a Massena High School and Clarkson University graduate, who lost her life in a 2007 motor vehicle accident. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2003 and her master of physical therapy degree in 2005.

In applying for the scholarship, Richards wrote "there is nothing more rewarding then being able to see people improve because of the treatment I am providing and using the skills and education I have obtained." He also emphasized the importance of professionalism and recognized the importance of acting as a representative of the physical therapy profession.

A description of the scholarship reads, in part:

"The Walsh Scholarship was established to celebrate Melissa’s life and continue support of the physical therapy profession. Melissa was a standout student, respected amongst professors and peers, who always maintained exceptional grades, and top of her class. She went on to become a licensed physical therapist, and worked in outpatient orthopedics. Melissa put her heart into all that she did, whether relationships, education, or employment. Melissa was a role model in every sense of the word, in her personal life, her professional commitment, and belief in caring for others. In honor of all that she represented, Melissa’s family and friends have established a scholarship in her name for a physical therapy student with similar qualities and goals. Melissa’s life and accomplishments are an excellent example of what a Clarkson University student should strive to achieve."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University’s Melissa A. Walsh ’03 ’05 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to second year doctor of physical therapy student Michael J. Richards of St. Regis Falls. Left to right: Richards and Deanna Errico, a physical therapy faculty member, who serves on the Walsh Scholarship committee.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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