Outstanding Emory Citizen
the moment he arrived on campus, Emory senior Christopher Richardson
made service and leadership a hallmark of his college experience.
His dedication and hard work earned him the 2003 Lucius Lamar
McMullan Award, which comes with $20,000, no strings attached.
award, endowed by Emory alumnus William L. Matheson in honor
of his uncle, is given to a graduating senior who exhibits outstanding
citizenship, exceptional leadership, and potential for service
to his or her community, the nation, and the world. The
donors intention was to allow a student to do something
he or she would not otherwise be able to.
have had an incredible, wonderful experience at Emory, and I
am humbled to have received one of the Universitys greatest
honors, says Richardson, who has not yet determined what
he will do with the award.
president of Emorys Student Government Association in
the 2002-03 school year, Richardson oversaw a fourteen-person
cabinet, a three-person staff and $1.7 million budget, and represented
eleven thousand students to the University community and administration.
He also served as Emory College Council president his junior
was a member of the inaugural class of the Kenneth Cole Fellowship
for Community Building and Social Change, a year-long program
designed to prepare students to be comunity leaders. Richardsons
work on low-income housing was featured in the spring issue
Kenneth Cole fellowship built upon what I had learned in other
courses, and put it into action, making me even more committed
to working on issues of community building and social change
for the greater good, Richardson says.
the next year, Richardson will work with low-income cancer patients
in Atlanta with former Gov. Roy Barnes and Atlanta Legal Aid,
rather than accepting a Bobby Jones Scholarship to the University
of St. Andrews.
history and political science major, Richardson has been a Rhodes
Scholar state finalist, a Truman Scholar, and the recipient
of one of Emorys Humanitarian Awards, which recognize
students who embody the spirit of volunteerism and community.
who is from Charleston, S.C., also is a bone cancer survivor,
and has worked with the American Cancer Society and Camp Happy
Days and Special Times for children with cancer. He is a member
of the Society of African-American Leaders and a member of Emorys
presidential search committee.