Awards/Scholarships/Donations

Thanks to our supporters Thomas Richards Charity is able to year after year honor people and support those in our community by offer recurring awards, sponsorships and donations.

Matt Eberle Mental Health– $250 donation to Grace Centers of Hope $250 our donation will help in giving hope and a new beginning to the hurting and homeless.

Black History Month Donation– $250 Donation to blackpast.org. black past is dedicated to providing reliable information on the history of Black people across the globe, and especially in North America. Our goal is to promote greater understanding of our common human experience through knowledge of the diversity of the Black experience and the ubiquity of the global Black presence. Welcome to the largest online encyclopedia on African American and Global African history on the Internet.

Women’s Histroy Month Donation– $250 on women’s equity day TRC makes a $250 donation to a women’s organization.

Hal Commerson Scholarship- $500 was established by a generous donation from the Rochester High School girls’ basketball team and community members to honor Hal Commerson. TRC is proud to be able to sponsor a scholarship, which will be awarded to a graduating senior from RHS who is pursuing a post-secondary education, with special consideration of being a student athlete that demonstrated school spirit, passion, a great attitude, effort, and a need.

Tim McCatty Jr Trade Program Scholarship-  $500 Tim was a skilled tradesman, a journeyman carpenter, a proud supportive parent of two Davison graduates, husband to a Davison veteran teacher and loyal friend to all that he met.  The scholarship was established by the TRC and Centric Staffing Solutions to help support a Davison graduate entering a career in the trades to be used for tuition and/or housing.

Ron Harp Scholarship Award– $1000 to a RHS graduating senior with a desire to attend post-secondary education.  That has graduated under unique or difficult situation and could benefit from such an award.

Ben Kable Life & Legacy Award– $1000 Maya Angelou once wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Ben Kable was one of those people who always made other people feel loved and welcomed. Ben was always willing to stand up and help people in need. Ben was ready for any challenge that was presented his way. To know him was to adore him, from the wide range of abilities he acquired throughout his life in addition to being a selfless person. Ben had a great way of leaving his impression on you, whether that was beating you in a wrestling match, or talking your ear off all night. He was a proud wrestler, forger, fisherman, gamer, son, and brother, but most importantly a beloved individual who imprinted his personality on anyone he met. This award was established by the friends and family, the Thomas Richards Charity, and Nikolic Industries to help support a Rochester High School graduate furthering their education in the sciences to be used for tuition and/or housing.

Diabetes Awarness Month Donation– $1000 TRC supports walking in the Detroit One walk sponsored by JDRF, and we make a donation to JDRF.

Moonbeam for Sweet Dreams– $1000 This cherished tradition started in 2017 by Beaumont Children’s nurses and child life specialists as a way of helping Beaumont’s youngest and bravest patients feel connected to their community during the holiday season.  Each December, community members from across Southeast Michigan visit the Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital campus at approximately 8 p.m. to shine flashlights to remind pediatric patients they aren’t alone and wish them sweet dreams.  TRC Donates $1000 worth of toys to the baby cribs as well as bringing our community together for a night of this event.

Christie Weeks Memorial Scholarship– $1500 Scholarship aimed at helping students with special needs attend Camp Barnabas! Named in loving memory of Christie Weeks, this scholarship embodies her spirit of kindness and love.  Camp Barnabas is a place where all campers, regardless of their abilities, feel empowered and embraced for who they are.