Boys Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Softball · 2 Red Devils Earn IU’s Prestigious Cox Scholarship


Richmond Community Schools would like to congratulate Isaiah Cox and Claira Laughlin-Foster on receiving the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholarship from Indiana University.

The Cox Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships at Indiana University.  The Cox Scholars Program is made possible by the generosity of IU alumnus Jesse H. Cox and his spouse, Beulah Chanley Cox, who specified that the scholarship include a rewarding work component such as a research experience.  This scholarship is for outstanding incoming freshmen and offers both students a unique opportunity to work alongside distinguished faculty and to make important contributions to Indiana University’s reputation as a top-tier research institution.  Jess Cox when talking about the scholarship said, “You’re not known for what you do when you are here; you are known for what you leave behind when you are gone.”

Isaiah Cox embodies this belief in the work he has done with Bleacher Creatures, Red Devil Mentors, Tech Team, tennis, and his work at Walmart.  Isaiah is best known for his work with the Bleacher Creatures (the student section that supports various RHS events) which he began his sophomore year.  Since the inception of the Bleacher Creatures (@BleachCreatch), student attendance at events has increased, student participation has improved the culture of RHS, tailgating events have been held before events, Homecoming Games (including food trucks!) returned following the Homecoming Parade, and Silent Night has become a tradition for RHS basketball.  Isaiah was also a 3 year member of the tennis team, a founding member of the Tech Team, and an editor for the Register (student newspaper).

Claira Laughlin-Foster represents the characteristics the Cox scholarship embodies with her work in softball (Captain), Student Council (Vice President of Student Body), band (Section Leader), and National Honor Society (Officer).  Claira is best known for being able to excel at her leadership roles in these various events while managing her time and excelling in the classroom as well.  Through her work with Student Council, Laughlin-Foster has been able to impact the student body by helping to get direct student impact on the prom location (Starr Gennett building), giving back to the Seniors at RHS (monthly activities), and by working on improving the environmental impact of everyday activities at RHS through increased recycling and conservation efforts.

Principal Rae Woolpy had the following to say about Richmond High School students receiving 2 of the 36 scholarships Indiana University presents statewide: “We are extremely proud of these two seniors who took advantage of all of the opportunities available to students at RHS and put themselves in a position to qualify for this prestigious scholarship.  They are both outstanding students who have been great role models and representatives of Richmond High School.  We wish them both the best as they enter the next stage of their academic careers.”

We R Richmond.  We R proud!