Allison Rickert MemorialScholarship

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Raised by 44 people in 42 months
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"Allison Rickert was a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a loved one. She was full of poetry and art, full of laughter and tact. She was brutally honest, quick witted, brilliant, and made every soul who knew her a little brighter than before. 

On Friday, September 18th, 2015, she left this world too early. Multiple pulmonary emboli took her from us at the age of 24. Friends and loved ones flocked to her through her poetry and narratives. She wrote to process, appreciate, and share her gratitude for the world around her. This gofundme page is to honor her work, and to help others follow her passion for poetry, art, and English. 

With some of these funds, I am hoping to gather a chunk of her work with the intention of publication. I will be making a series of poetry books, available on a website (to be announced) for her and her scholarships. The Allison Rickert Scholarship, or the Ally-Cat Scholarship will be given out to creative hearts who are desperate to follow their path, and find a voice, a sense of reassurance that their words mean something, just as Allison had. 

Allison, your words, your life, and your love all mattered. Your voice was the strongest that I ever knew. We lost you; now we create your legacy."

-Shelby Feeney

After Allison's unexpected passing, a few friends of hers decided to start this page for a couple of reasons. We believed that someone with such a creative mind and prolific writing ability such as Allison's deserved to be memorialized. A member of Millersville's Creative Writer's Guild and an editorial intern at the book publishing division of Highlights for Children magazine, Allison had a passion for writing and a skillset to match. We came to the conclusion that a scholarship, given out to a member of Millersville University's English department, would be an appropriate means to help Allison's name and love of writing live on.

Millersville's minimum requirement for scholarships is $300 a year for four years. Our goal of $1,500 would help cover both the scholarship for four years, as well as help offset printing/publishing costs for Allison's poetry books. Anything over the $1,500 will go towards the scholarship fund, adding to the annual dollar amount and/or the number of years we can afford to give out the award. 

We appreciate any and all donations to the cause.
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Final Update:

Hi everyone,

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted an update regarding the scholarship here. As of right now, everything is finalized and the funds have been sent to the University. Based on the generous funding we received through this campaign, and factoring in publishing costs for Allison's works, we were able to establish a four year, $875/year scholarship in Allison's name.

If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship (which we would like to keep giving out for as long as possible), you can make a gift online directly through Millersville University. Be sure to select "Other" in the drop down menu and enter "Allison Rickert Memorial Scholarship" in the field.

The donation website can be found here:

Thank you again to everyone who made this scholarship possible.
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Hello everyone,

A quick reminder, in two days (December 10th), I will be closing down the GoFundMe page, collecting all of the funds, and we will continue the process of getting all of the funds transferred and the scholarship started.

I wanted to thank everyone once again for their donations to this fund. Because of you all, Allison will have a scholarship established in her name, and her written works will be published so that everyone can enjoy them as much as her family, friends and peers did.

I'll periodically update this page to let everyone know the specifics (where to purchase the works, the scholarship numbers, etc).

Thank you all again.
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A message from Don and Kay, Allison's parents, and a quick update on the end of the campaign.

"Don and Kay, Allison's parents, would like to thank you all for contributing to to the Allison Rickert Scholarship Fund. True writers do not write because they can, or even because they want to. They write because they must. Allison was just such a writer, and she was prolific. The fund will support another budding writer, and the publication of some of Allison's work. It will take a group of us some time to go through Allison's journals, poetry on websites, and her notes to find the gems we feel she would be proud to have published. If you would like a copy when it is complete, please contact either Shelby or Katherine Anne on Facebook. We thank you for your contribution to the fund - you are all amazing, as was she."

In order to get the funds collected and sent to the proper locations, I'll be closing this campaign on December 10th. Until then, it is still accepting donations.
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We did it again.

Thanks to everyone who donated, we reached (and since surpassed) our second goal of $4,000.

The next step will be the actual creation of the scholarship, and looking into the costs of publication for Allison's posthumous book(s) of poems and other writings.

The GoFundMe page will remain open until the scholarship is firmly established (it needs to be into Millersville, along with the funds, by December). We will not be raising our goal again, however we will continue to accept donations.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed (and everyone who does in the future), you all made this possible through your generosity.
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$6,000 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 42 months
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Created October 11, 2015
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Katherine Anne
39 months ago

missing you...always

Julie Zenel
40 months ago

Always in my thoughts.

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