Scholarship Continues Alumnae'S Community Engagement


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When Kristian "Krissy" Richardson died in a car crash in 2021, she left behind a legacy that now includes a scholarship in her name at East Carolina University.

Richardson, who'd been accepted into the master's program in social work at North Carolina Central University, "was so excited about life and her plans," her mother, Pat Richardson, tells the News & Observer.

"A lot of people talk about how beautiful she was, and I saw that, too."

Richardson, a high school athlete who planned to become an athletic trainer, had already made an impact through her charity efforts and was "beginning to find success in creative business pursuits," her mother says.

A few days after her death, friends organized a candlelight vigil to remember Krissy.

"I tell you, there were over 300 people there, just people everywhere," Pat Richardson says.

"They had hundreds of balloons with her initials, her colors, her pink and purple, that she loved.

And one after one, her friends came up and spoke about who Krissy was in their lives."

Krissy also started a backpack program for kids at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA when she was in high school.

Now, a scholarship in her name is being created at ECU

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