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Violet Richardson Award
Photos of previous winners of the Violet Richardson Award


Anna Yegiyan. (2012) As a senior as North Hollywood High School, Anna was passionate about social and environmental justice. In receiving her award Anna commented on the fact that she was aware that past winners had been in the gifted programs at their schools but she described herself as a “regular” student. In reviewing her accomplishments and her essay, VRA Committee Chair Jessica Washington had to differ with her. “She is an amazing young lady,” Jessica said, “Her standing in school was not the deciding factor. It was her impressive essay.”




Camille Johnson (2011)  Camille honored for her community service to The Gooden Center, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Pasadena. Ms. Johnson created, and helps maintain, a meditation garden which provides a quiet place for prayer and reflection by the residents. Accompanied by her proud parents and Susan Johnson of The Gooden Center, Ms. Johnson was praised for her dedication and persistence in providing service to the Center. 



Ernestine Fu (2009) During the summer of her sophomore year at Stanford, Ernestine Fu, our 2009 Violet Richardson Award winner had quite an impressive summer. In addition to an internship with the world’s largest oilfield service company, Schlumberger, she appeared on the cover of Forbes, an international bi-monthly business magazine. Fu was chosen as one of nine men and women to be profiled in Forbes Magazine as an “All-Star Student Entrepreneur.”

Although her parents had planned for her college years, Fu has chosen to pay her way through Stanford with awards, grants and entrepreneur activity. Reasons Fu, “I feel like I’ve always been an independent type of person.”

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