The Dr. Kenyatta Rivers Memorial Scholarship

For his years of devotion to the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Help endow the scholarship in Dr. Rivers’ name.

Double Your Impact
An anonymous donor that was a mentee and lifelong friend of Dr. Rivers has pledged to match up to $3,500 plus Joe DiNapoli, a School of Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty, who worked with Dr. Rivers,  is matching up to $6,000 of gifts contributed. That means your contribution will count double as we strive to reach an endowment for this scholarship so that it can continue to support students for generations to come!

Kenyatta Rivers, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida, retired in August 2019 and sadly passed away on May 8, 2020. Dr. Rivers was a faculty member at UCF from 1996 – 2019. His areas of expertise were language disorders in school-age children, traumatic brain injury and multicultural issues.

Dr. Rivers was a devoted, conscientious and caring professor who touched the lives of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students over the course of his career. He was active with the McNair Scholars program at UCF,  the National Black Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NBASLH) and the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA). Dr. Rivers served as a formal and informal mentor to a wide range of students in Communication Sciences and Disorders and beyond.

In memoriam, Dr. Rivers has an honorary scholarship fund rewarding students who have made a commitment to mentoring others, his passion.  Although I have previously provided some small contributions to it, I recently learned that it does not yet possess adequate funds for endowment, which would secure annual student awards in his name in perpetuity.  As such, this would establish a well-deserved legacy for generational remembrance of this outstanding individual.” ~ Joe DiNapoli.

The Dr. Kenyatta Rivers Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an interest in mentoring others in the future.

Please consider expressing your gratitude for the contributions of Dr. Rivers at UCF and in the discipline of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the form of a donation to help endow the scholarship in Dr. Rivers’ name. By endowing this memorial scholarship, you will help ensure that future generations of students continue to be impacted by his Dr. Rivers and his legacy will live on.

Any amount is appreciated, and there are two easy ways to support.

Donate Online

At the bottom of the form, please fill in the tribute information to reflect “In Memory of Dr. Kenyatta Rivers.”

Donate via Mail

To give by mail, simply fill in “Dr. Rivers Scholarship” on the memo line of your check. You may send your donation to:

UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences
Attn: Office of Advancement
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL  32816-2200


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