NORTON, MA – Richard Asirifi of Worcester Country Club and the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been selected as the “Student Speaker” for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 65th Annual Banquet on April 13, 2015. He will share the podium with native New Englander Brad Faxon who will be receiving the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf. The dinner will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and is expected to be the biggest golf banquet in the U.S. this year.
Richard will receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in May at UMass Lowell. He has caddied for 11 years in the esteemed caddie program at Worcester CC, following his older brother Jason, who is also a former Ouimet Scholar. A native of Ghana, Asirifi immigrated to America with his parents and two brothers at the age of eight, quickly adapting to a new culture, lifestyle and climate. The family eventually settled within the Ghanian enclave in Worcester, a stone’s throw from WCC, in search of stronger education and a better future. Asirifi is well-known to Ouimet Fund staff having taken part in the NFL Alumni Golf Classic, as well as caddied in the Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am. At school, he is active in the gospel chorus and regularly tutors students within his academic discipline. He also has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, having launched his own urban clothing line. He has received four endowed scholarships during his time as a Scholar: the Heritage Scholarship and Eddie Lowery Award (given annually to the top caddie throughout all clubs) in 2013 – 14 and, this academic year, earned the Fred and Marion MacQuarrie and Heritage Scholarships.
His talk promises to take the audience on a journey from Ghana to America with twists and turns, trials and tribulations along the way. His tale is one of hope, perseverance, sacrifice and persistence.
Sean McDonough of ESPN will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and in 2014 – 15 is awarding $1.6 Million in need-based scholarships to over 300 students. This academic year’s awards have brought The Fund to $28.1 Million in merit and need-based college tuition assistance to 5,300 young people since its inception. Ouimet Scholars have served at least two years as caddies or in pro shop or course superintendent operations in Massachusetts, many of who have gone on to outstanding positions of leadership in business and professional careers. The Ouimet Fund is a 501 (c)(3) organization and is considered, “The Golf Charity of Massachusetts™.”