GAR Memorial Foundation

We congratulate our seven newest college graduates: Ololade Abdulai from MIT, Marcos Arias from Duke University, Vivian Lu from Columbia University, Sara Morice from Vanderbilt University, David Nickel from Purdue University, Kaitlyn Robertson from St. Louis University, and Karissa Varner from Texas A & M University.

Congratulations to our new 2023 GAR scholars:

Kory S. Dixon
Hometown: New Hampton, NY
Parent employer: Acrisure LLC / Seely Durland
College: SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

Luke M. Freed
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
Parent employer: Real Estate Home Sales
College: Columbia

Anna R. Kove
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Parent employer: CAI Investments LLC
College: University of California Los Angeles

Cailyn E. MacLellan
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Parent employer: Healthsmart
College: John Jay College of Criminial Justice

Aidan P. Moran
Hometown: Locust Valley, NY
Parent employer: Northeast Wealth Management
College: Yale University

Grace K. Toman
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Parent employer: Mutual Benefit Group
College: University of Pittsburgh

Keatyn G. Wede
Hometown: Mitchell, SD
Parent employer: Progressive Insurance
College: Georgetown University



The 2022 GAR scholars are:

Lauren G. Bartel
Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
Parent employer: Hamptons Group LLC
College: Harvard

Mariano A. Desmaras
Hometown: Ossining, NY
Parent employer: Oppenheimer & Co.
College: Cornell University

Caroline J. Graham
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Parent employer: Pango Financial
College: Pepperdine University

Apollo W. Lee
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
Parent employer: Citadel Securities
College: Stanford

Jasmine Carby
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Parent employer: Travelers
College: U. Conn Storrs

Colin J. DuHamel
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Parent employer: PlanMember Securities
College: California Poly Tech

Selora C. Langston
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Parent employer: Deutsche Bank
College: University of Florida

Omolabaka (Labake) N. Oyebamiji
Hometown: Florissant, MO
Parent employer: Citi Group
College: Washington University



The 2021 GAR scholars are:

Daniel Cuyler
Hometown: Avon, CT
Parent employer: Equitable
College: Northeastern University

Parker Harnett
Hometown: Yarmouth, ME
Parent employer: Morgan Stanley
College: Williams College

Mandy Moran
Hometown: Lakeville, MN
Parent employer: Piper Sandler & Co.
College: St. Olafs College

Nadia Muhammad
Hometown: Greenboro, NC
Parent employer: Bank of America
College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Cassandra Pantelis
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Parent employer: Jack Maggs Agency & Associates
College: University of Pennsylvania

Victoria Rash
Hometown: Needville, TX
Parent employer: Sugar Land Tax, PLLC
College: University of Texas at Dallas

Carolina Remond
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Parent employer: Country Financial
College: University of Arkansas

Julia Saunders
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Parent employer: Morgan Stanley
College: Duke University

Angelina Xu
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
Parent employer: Metlife
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology



The 2020 GAR scholars are:

Mason Adams
Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Parent employer: Arvest
College: Oklahoma State

Emily Couture
Hometown: South Hadley, MA 01075
Parent employer: Travelers Insurance Company
College: Boston College

Robert Dailey
Hometown: Fort Mills, SC 29708
Parent employer: Remedy Financial Services
College: Northeastern

Cameron Greene
Hometown: Chatham, NJ 07928
Parent employer: JP Morgan Chase
College: Yale

Ava Mortier
Hometown: Redwood Valley, CA 95470
Parent employer: Homepoint Financial
College: Barnard

Nathaniel Redmond
Hometown: Panama City, FL 32405
Parent employer: Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union
College: Vanderbilt

Emily Ren
Hometown: Plano, TX
Parent employer: Bank of America
College: NYU Stern

Benjamin Taalman
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL 60068
Parent employer: Allstate
College: Northwestern

Ashley Thompson
Hometown: Teutopolis, IL 62467
Parent employer: First Financial Bank
College: Wichita State U: Honors College




2023 GAR Graduates:
Ololade Abdulai - MIT 2023
Marcos Arias - Duke University 2023
Vivian Lu - Columbia University 2023
Sara Morice - Vanderbilt University 2023
David Nickel - Purdue University 2023
Kaitlyn Robertson - St. Louis University 2023
Karissa Varner - Texas A & M University 2023

2022 GAR Graduates:
Kyle Astleford - University of California 2022
Cicely Berzack - Georgetown University 2022
Nicholas Dauer - Ohio State 2022
Katherine L. Hall - University of South Carolina 2022
Nia Harris - New York University 2022
Jaimie Thomison - Miami University 2022
Julia Trudeau - Loyola Marymount University 2022

2021 GAR Graduates:
Sheryl Chen - University of Pennsylvania 2021
Danika Flemming - Arizona State University 2021
Katherine Hsu - University of Pennsylvania 2021
Marc Johnson - University of Notre Dame 2021
Kassandra Ogbodu - Northwestern University 2021
Kemunto Okindo - Duke University 2021
Matthew Signorotti - University of California 2021

2020 GAR Graduates:
Nathan Kabat - Benedictine College 2020
Mariela Pichardo - Brown University 2020
Grace Wickerson - Rice University 2020
Alec Jobbins - UC Berkeley 2020
Madison Frank - University of Pittsburgh 2020
William McMillian - Amherst College 2020
Michael Gustafson - Georgia Institute of Technology 2020

2019 GAR Graduates:
Michael Amoako - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2019
Connor Chapkis - University of Southern California 2019
Lyndsey Franklin - University of Southern California 2019
Sydney Marcus - Northwestern University 2019
Anne Robertson - University of California - Berkeley 2019
Matthew Thomison - University of Kentucky 2019
David Tong - Rutgers - Congratulations to David for graduating in 2.5 years!

2018 GAR Graduates:
Hunter Lawrence - Carnegie Mellon University 2018
Christian Cordova - University of Texas at Austin 2018
Malavika Suresh - Carleton College 2018
Carsen Smith - Vanderbilt University 2018
Sean Trahan - University of Pennsylvania 2018
Benjamin Ellis - Georgetown University 2018
Jordan Gormaly - University of California, Davis 2018
Courtney Barton - Abilene Christian University 2018

2017 GAR Graduates:
Sofia Charania - Princeton University 2017
Andrew Chico - Caltech 2017
Rylan Edlin - Stanford University 2017
Devra Gelman - Boston University 2017
Julian Khaymovich - CUNY Macaulay Honors College 2017
Michael Maley - Washington University 2017
Matthew Wood - Brown University 2017

2016 GAR Graduates:
Jessy Garcia - Cornell University 2016
Lucinda Krahl - University of Notre Dame 2016
Neil Mehta - University of Miami 2016
Aaron Rios - Stanford 2016
Sadiki Saunders - University of Pennsylvania 2016
Leah Topper - Rice University 2016

2015 GAR Graduates:
Sarah Alexander - University of Pennsylvania 2015
Rani Hadla - University of the Pacific 2015
Breanna M. Helland - University of South Dakota 2015
Joseph Laseter - Princeton University 2015
Sarah McMillian - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2015
Han-wei Wu - Northwestern University 2015

2014 GAR Graduates:
Monica Devlin - Washington & Lee University 2014
Wilhemina Koomson - Princeton University 2014
Xinyi "Michelle" Lin - Harvard University 2014
Shelby Millar - Northwestern University 2014
Himalaya Mehta - University of Pennsylvania 2014
Anthony Palillo - Harvard University 2014

2013 GAR Graduates:
Avionna Baldwin - Duke University 2013
Sarah Brindle - Saint Joseph's University 2013
Douglas Chico - U.S. Naval Academy 2013
Courtney Colgan - Boston College 2013
Debbie Marian Yorpo de Lara - Loyola University of Chicago 2013
Kendra Moore - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2013

2012 GAR Graduates:
Christopher Brathewaite - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2012
Jens E. Jorgenson - Wheaton College 2012
Jenna Kefeli - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2012
Arianna S. Klein - State University of New York at Stony Brook 2012
Dina Montemarano - University of Notre Dame 2012

2011 GAR Graduates:
Eddie Baurer - George Washington University 2011
Alexander Dolgonos - University of Pennsylvania 2011
Margarita Levin - University of Pennsylvania 2011
Anjalee Verma - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2011

2010 GAR Graduates:
Molly Alig - Barnard College 2010
Jianan Hu - Johns Hopkins University 2010
Derek C. Song - Duke University 2010

2009 GAR Graduates:
Cristina Fernandez - Harvard University 2009
John B. Valantassis - Haverford College 2009

2007 GAR Graduate:
Alex Levin - Harvard University 2007

Applications for students who will be high school seniors in 2023 will begin being accepted on September 19. Completed applications must be received no later than Tuesday, February 20,2024.

College scholarship money is available to offspring of those working in the financial services industry. Each GAR scholarship is worth up to $50,000 (approx. $12,500 per year) awarded to bright, hardworking high school seniors who have a financial need.
Please read the requirements and fill out an application form. The Gordon Rich Foundation provided $236,000 in college scholarships last year. We currently support 33 students in colleges across the country and have 90 alumni. Any questions please email

Our annual fundraising event was held on October 13, 2023.
Board members, current GAR scholars, GAR scholar graduates and many supporters attended. What a successful event!

If you would like to contribute to GAR, either with an endowment pledge or a one-time gift, click here for the payment and pledge form. Or you can contact us at

In order to qualify for the GAR scholarship, parents and/or legal guardians of the student applying must have, or had, a career in the financial services industry. Click here for the definition of Financial Services and Master List of Companies.

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