The board of the Ricky Barbour ScholarshipFund, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have executed an agreement with the University of Delaware to provide a $50,000 Endowment in Perpetuity in Rick's honor. We sincerely appreciate all those who have donated their time and money that enables us to have the confidence to now make this substantial pledge.
On Saturday, April 28th, 2012, we marked the 21st anniversary of the senseless event that took our good friend, colleague, and brother, Rick Barbour, away from us, far too early in his young life.
On that night in 1991, Rick's young life was cut way too short, the victim of an armed robbery at an ATM machine in Philadelphia, where, after an evening of fun with some friends, Rick went to withdraw $60 for some late night pizza, was held up and pointlessly killed.
In 2002, his friends established a scholarship fund with the aim of keeping his name alive by providing an annual gift to a deserving University of Delaware senior accepted to an accredited law school. For the past 10 years, our scholarship fund, and the Golf outing that is an integral part of our fund raising efforts, has grown substantially. It has become a much anticipated event on campus every spring.
With this growth, and popularity, we have recently entered into an agreement with the University whereby we are now officially a scholarship through the University's Financial Aid office. Over the next 5 year period, we will be contributing substantial amounts in order to reach this $50,000 goal, but in order to fully accomplish this we need everyone's help and generosity. Prior to this year’s event we had raised 35% of the $50,000 goal and although we anticipate the success of this year’s event we are not there yet.
Please help our fund raising efforts, and our goal of keeping Rick's memory alive, by making a donation or a sponsorship for this year's golf event, and ensure that we can all appreciate that something good can evolve from tragic events. Donations may be made here or at the sold out event in May.
Out of the approximately 245 endowments the University currently has, only 21 are in the Art & Science College. We are very proud and honored to keep Rick's legacy alive by being the very first from the Political Science department where Rick was a student.