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Giving the Gift of Education: Ethan Richardson

Ethan-Richardson.jpgWhen you give to Lander University, you’re not just making another charitable contribution. You’re helping young people live their dreams.

Ethan Richardson, of Greenwood, South Carolina, is a junior seeking a double major in computer informational systems, with an emphasis in software development, and in music, with an emphasis on euphonium.

A member of the Lander men’s rugby team, Richardson came to Lander with a Mufuka Foundation Scholarship. He credits donors, Dr. Doug and Jean Mufuka, with “pushing me to be the best version of myself without losing who I am in the process. They always helped me maneuver through all of the tough times.”

Over the years, the scholarship program, has paved the way for students to become doctors, nurses, accountants, graphic artists and musicians, said Richardson.

“The Mufuka Foundation Scholarship sets a high bar when I think about what it means to be a scholarship recipient … Mufuka Scholars are more than just people who graduate from Lander, but a family that will always be there for each other, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Richardson also has been aided in his education by the Nat F. White Scholarship and the Opal Rush Anderson Scholarship.

He said his plans after graduation “are to go where God takes me and that could be anywhere. Initially, I would like to have a chance to play rugby professionally if God is willing.  Academically, I would like to pursue my master's degree and soon after my doctorate in music performance on euphonium.

The financial support has been invaluable. Having the right people by your side “is what you need to succeed,” he said. “I don’t just represent me, but a combination of everyone who has poured themselves into me, molded me, and paved the path for me to be where I am today.”

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