Drew C. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Trisha Sakamuri

Regis Jesuit High School

2023 International Leadership & Business Internship

Trisha Sakamuri is elated to be taking part in the Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship this summer. She is enraptured with the possibility and opportunity that will come to fruition through this internship and is excited to meet new people, learn from current health professionals, and have hands-on experience using technology that is changing healthcare as we know it!

As a rising senior at Middleton High School, Trisha has an indomitable presence on her school campus and within her community as well. She is enrolled in several Advanced Placement and Honors classes and is currently completing her Associate’s Degree through the dual enrollment program in partnership with Hillsborough Community College. She has spent roughly 500 hours doing community service and is heavily involved in her high school's Air Force Junior ROTC program. Additionally, she participates in her school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, is currently serving as the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Northern State Vice President, and is the Senior Class Student Government President. Lastly, she also has proudly been on the varsity swim team for the past 3 years.

In the future, Trisha would like to major in public health, psychology, or biochemistry for her bachelor’s while doing research with professors on campus and eventually plans to attend medical school to earn an M.D. to pursue a career as a surgical oncologist and biomedical researcher.

About Dr. Richardson (1951 - 2016)

Drew C. Richardson was a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI and a scientist in the FBI Laboratory. He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at UNC at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Forensic Science and Ph.D. in Cardiovascular and Autonomic Physiology at George Washington University. Dr. Richardson headed the FBI Laboratory's chemical/biological response team (HMRU), served as the coordinator for NBC scientific assets at the Atlanta Olympic Games, assisted in the formulation of congressional budget requests for the FBI Laboratory's counter-terrorism needs, and testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding use of polygraphs. Upon retiring from the FBI after 25 years, Dr. Richardson moved to the Shenandoah Valley and began teaching forensic science, criminology, and physiology.

The Drew C. Richardson Memorial Scholarship will carry on Dr. Richardson's legacy of support for dedicated and promising HOSA participants who are interested in medicine, healthcare, neuroscience, and/or national security. The scholarship covers full tuition for a Leadership Initiatives Summer Internship Program. Top HOSA participants will be invited to apply and an annual scholarship recipient will be chosen based on academic and personal merit.