Joseph Jones Pearce served as RISD superintendent from 1946 to 1977. Dr. Pearce died in September of 1995, but his devotion to the education of Richardson youth continues through the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs memorial scholarship fund.


The funds for the scholarships are provided by donations from the community, the local PTAs of RISD Council and proceeds from the RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair

RISD Council of PTAs Scholarship Committee receives and reviews applications each spring for:

  • Graduating senior scholarships for those attending 4-year institutions
  • Teacher scholarships for those enrolled in higher education or seeking training through workshops/seminars 

Student scholarships are awarded on scholastic record, character, extra-curricular activities and financial need.

Teacher scholarship application requires employment by the RISD for one full academic year prior to application and continued employment in the district the following year.

Scholarship application links will go live in the spring so please check back. In the mean time, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Council Scholarship Chair




Congratulations to the following recipients of the RISD Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. J.J. Pearce for 2021-2022




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