Syracuse University Named Scholarship After Kevin Richardson Of The Exonerated Five
Kevin Richardson, known as one of the Central Park Five, had hoped to attend Syracuse University during his teenage years. After being wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park back in 1989, his life became a nightmare. Now, he has finally become affiliated with his dream school.
According to the school’s publication The Daily Orange, Syracuse University has named a $25,000 scholarship after Richardson. It will award specifically to black and latino students.
“When I was incarcerated, I always thought about what could have happened, so it will be bittersweet because I know that, wow, this could have been me when I was younger on campus,” the 44-year-old told ABC. “But just to be there will surpass the negative things that happened to me in my childhood.”
When he was honored at a reception at the university earlier this month, it was first time ever stepping foot on the school’s campus.
Students are hoping that Richardson will also have a honorary degree named after him next. A petition started by a student named Jalen Nash already has 6,000 signatures.
My main goal is just to visit the campus. Anything that happens beyond that is like a bonus,” Richardson continued. “I’m just thrilled just to be connected to the university 30 years later.”
Richardson was exonerated in 2002 along with Korey Wise, Yuseef Salam, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray after convicted serial rapist Matias Reyes confessed to committing the brutal rape. The five men then filed a civil lawsuit and were awarded $41 million.