On April 16, 2007, the world learned the name of Ryan Clark for one heroic, selfless act on the campus of Virginia Tech. The 2002 Lakeside High School graduate was a campus leader and volunteered for many organizations.
He sorted items at Golden Harvest Food Bank, served food to the homeless at the Master’s Table, tutored children at Communities in Schools of Augusta/Richmond County, volunteered during Thanksgiving 2004 to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina, and served as a counselor at a camp for youth with special needs.
To honor all the selfless acts that were part of Ryan’s character, Hands On Columbia County has created the Ryan Clark Scholarship and Community Service Award. The intent of this award is to honor Ryan Clark for his contribution to the community by promoting volunteerism among young people and continuing his legacy of service. Youth ages 14 to 19 enrolled in Richmond or Columbia schools are eligible to apply. Each youth must be nominated by an adult who has worked with them in their volunteer activity.
Ryan Clark Scholarship Application Form Download
JOIN IN THE FUN AT ZUMBAFEST in March every year to help raise funds for the Ryan Clark Scholarship. The event has grown so much that it has been moved to the HEAL Complex at Paine College to accommodate the hundreds of supporters who want to be a part of an event that honors one of our own and encourages young people to get involved in their community. Tickets are $10 now, but will be $15 at the door.