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The late Richard S. Sarumi

The Binghamton University Gospel Choir provided a home away from home for Richard S. Sarumi. He referred to his fellow choir members as family.

After Sarumi's life was cut short in 2013 at age 33, his family wanted an enduring way to honor his life and legacy. His sister, Lisa Lewis, and their father, Sola R. Sarumi, established the Richard S. Sarumi Memorial Scholarship this year.

The scholarship is awarded to two undergraduate students involved with the University Gospel Choir, with preferences for a male student of African, Caribbean or African American descent; students with financial need; and residents of the five boroughs of New York City.

"It warms my heart to know that students will benefit from this scholarship in my brother's name," Lewis says. "It is especially gratifying to know that the scholarship may benefit several young men who share common interests and background with my late brother."

Richard was a Binghamton student for only two semesters, but the academic experience he had and deep and lasting friendships he formed with members of the choir and University community made a meaningful impact, Lewis says.

According to Lewis, Richard transferred to SUNY College of Old Westbury in part to contribute to the care of their mother who was battling breast cancer. Their mother predeceased Richard in 2003.

Richard graduated from SUNY Old Westbury with a bachelor's degree in management information systems. He went on to work in the information technology field.

Last Updated: 1/20/17