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Richter Scholarship

Do you want to present your research at an international conference? Participate in an aerial dance festival? Attend archaeology field school? Learn how the Richter Scholarship can support your research.

Samantha Paul '14

Samantha Paul '14
Creative writing and Spanish double major

Samantha received a Richter scholarship to intern with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) on the first international literacy brigade. She met with dignitaries, prepared press releases, and led press conferences and workshops.

If you're a sophomore, junior, or senior, you have the option to apply for a Richter scholarship to engage in independent study or research under the supervision of a faculty member.

Since 1995, the Richter Memorial Trusts have provided more than $1.25 million to help you pursue projects that promote independent thinking and expression beyond the classic classroom setting. Funds have supported:

  • research internships
  • conference fees
  • domestic and international travel expenses
  • fees for materials, supplies, housing expenses, or equipment for your projects

And, any student in any discipline is eligible to apply for funds from the Richter program. A portion of Richter funds is allocated to support our Honors and Ford Fellowship programs.

Recent Richter Scholarships

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Archaeological field excavation at the Fort Massachusetts Field School (travel expenses)




  • Sessions at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for an intensive introduction to ancient and modern Greece (travel expenses)

Computer Science

Creative Writing


  • Intensive aerial dance workshop at the Belle Plaine Studio in Chicago (travel expenses)
  • Private lessons in leading ballroom dance to master the technique and bring lessons back to the Knox community (lesson costs)


      Educational Studies

      • Best practices in leadership opportunities for multicultural students and how students use leadership to find identity (housing expenses)
      • Cultural immersion and volunteering in Ecuador through ProWorld Service Corps (program fee and travel expenses)

          Environmental Studies

          • Farming in Budapest, Hungary and Osaka, Japan through Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming (travel expenses)
          • Traveling the National Park to Park Highway to observe the nature of American tourist industries, the livelihoods of the people and societies along the road, and how the road has shaped the "nature" we see in the parks today (travel expenses)

          Environmental Studies and Economics

          • Internship with the Vietnam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning to explore how the industry affects Vietnam's economy and environment (travel expenses)



            • Exploring various topics on graph theory and combinatorics (housing expenses)
            • Risk management in banking (housing expenses)



                • Implementation of graphic user interface and parallelization to enhance throughput of magnetic susceptibility data analysis (housing expenses)

                Political Science

                • Government structure in the Middle East (housing expenses)
                • Regression analysis and case studies to establish what links may exist between "societal ideology" and terrorism (housing expenses)


                  • Internship at the Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Knox County in Galesburg (housing expenses)
                  • Virtual phase transitions in liquid crystals and measurement of evidence of pretransitional optical rotation (supplies and housing expenses)

                  Spanish and Creative Writing


                        • Costuming internship for the Prairie Players production of The Pirates of Penzance (housing expenses)

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