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AWC Tulsa Honors All Souls Members

The Tulsa Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications (AWC Tulsa) announced they have named their annual scholarship in honor of All Souls member Ruth Richards. Ruth, a member and past president of AWC died July 24, 2021. She is remembered for her quick wit and intelligence, her sense of humor and diligent work ethic.

“I’ve worked for the best nonprofits…I have met and partnered with the world’s most generous and creative people.”

—Ruth Richards

In 2012 Ruth received AWC Tulsa’s prestigious Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’ve worked for the best nonprofits…I have met and partnered with the world’s most generous and creative people,” Ruth told those in attendance that day.

For more than 30 years Ruth led and grew development departments at area nonprofits including Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, The Nature Conservancy, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, and Hospice of Green Country.

Ruth’s Many Contributions to All Souls

A long-time member of All Souls she participated in Day Alliance, Reproduction Justice, volunteered at Unity Learning Academy through Partners in Education to name a few of her contributions throughout the years.

The first Ruth E. Richards Memorial scholarships will be given to deserving college students at the annual Newsmakers Luncheon at Southern Hills on May 4.

Lisa Shotts Receives Newsmakers Award

In addition, another All Souls member will be honored at this event. Lisa Shotts, executive director of Gaining Ground will be given a Newsmakers award for her tireless work to provide students in economically challenged neighborhoods with access to books, literacy instruction, and family support to grow them as readers, thinkers and leaders. She facilitates REWIRE groups that work to dismantle individual racial bias, and works with Catholic Charities as a cultural orientation teacher for Afghan refugees. Lisa also has served on the All Souls Justice Council.

To attend the Newsmakers luncheon on May 4, 2022, visit the Association for Women in Communications website.

Donate to the Ruth E. Richards Memorial Scholarship.