The Richard A. Ash Scholarship Fund
Established in 2005, this fund carries on the legacy of a highly effective pioneering computer engineer who became an equally effective attorney so that he could work toward social justice.
The Difference It Makes
Through the Richard A. Ash Scholarship, dozens of economically disadvantaged Philadelphians have achieved the educational dreams that otherwise would have been beyond their grasp.
The fund has awarded more than $1 million, allowing students to attend Spelman College and Penn State, Drexel and Temple universities – to name just a few.
Applicants are evaluated in part on their desire to help their community. Special consideration goes to those who have overcome some sort of major obstacle.
The criteria reflect the values of the fund’s namesake, who was known for high ethical standards and a drive to make a better world for all.
Changing A Career to Change Lives
Philadelphia native Richard A. Ash initially made his mark in the new world of computers in the mid-1950s. But when he realized social justice was more important to him, he became a lawyer for more than 35 years.
He helped juveniles in Family Court through the newly-formed Community Legal Services.
Later, in private practice, Ash was tenacious and ingenious in championing such causes as protecting the environment, enhancing and protecting civil rights and workers’ rights, abolishing the death penalty and helping disadvantaged young people to improve their lives.