Katie Richard

University of Central Oklahoma

Katie Richard embodies the University of Central Oklahoma's core values of community, character and civility. She demonstrates a tangible commitment to improving the lives of others through hands-on service completed in the local community, her academic community and in domestic and international service settings. She has traveled to Guatemala four times since 2007 to build a relationship with a school and specifically a student and his family who are attendees at the school. Her personal and financial investments in the community in Guatemala are sure to pay off for years to come as her sponsorship has allowed a young man to have access to an education that would have otherwise been out of reach.
In addition to her service experiences, Katie has a professional goal of leading efforts and developing systems to comprehensively eradicate human trafficking. Such a bold and audacious goal may seem out of reach for most, but Katie's vision seems plausible given her passion, commitment, and capabilities. The University of Central Oklahoma is not only proud of what Katie has accomplished to date but also we are proud of the future that Katie is mapping out one experience at a time.

Dr. Don Betz
President
University of Central Oklahoma

Personal Statement

I enjoy being an encouragement to others wherever they are in life. I serve as a sponsor for seventh-twelfth grade students at Community Church and love my service there. In my university community, I serve in multiple executive positions in student organizations which encourage involvement for incoming freshmen/transfer students.

Financial support is a key ingredient in the success of non-profit organizations, but relational support is mutually motivating for both the giver and receiver. The child I sponsor, a 13 year old boy, and I have a true friendship. My commitment to his education and his life is long lasting.

My love for community and global engagement go hand-in-hand. I've had the opportunity to visit 27 states and work at Mañana Gloriosa in San Raymundo, Guatemala (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014) advancing education. I will journey overseas to Saint Monica Girls School in Uganda in May to build a library.

While the aforementioned passions drive me today, my passion to eliminate human-trafficking drives my career goal to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and inspires me to travel the world encouraging children to continue their education in order to escape the cycle of poverty.

Katie Richard
Forensic Science and Accounting: Class of 2017
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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