Cherry Creek High School graduate Sydney Beckett was named the 2018 Dorothy Walker Scholar for overcoming her learning disability.
This $1,000 scholarship recognizes Walker’s efforts and advocacy for individuals with learning disabilities or ADHD and her passion for young people striving despite the challenges they face. The LEAD Foundation selected Beckett from students across Colorado.
“We were very impressed with Sydney’s hard work and accomplishments,” said Salle Howes, Dorothy Walker Scholarship Administrator. “This award is well deserved.”
Diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school, Beckett learned strategies on how to deal with her learning disability from her mother, who also has dyslexia. A role model, Beckett’s mom also taught her how to advocate for herself. That bravery turned into confidence.
“This scholarship shows the hard work and effort I’ve put into overcoming my learning disability,” said Beckett, who will put this money to good use when she attends Duke University in the fall. “This gives me the opportunity at Duke to get more involved. I am so grateful to have been selected. There are no words to describe how honored I am to receive this scholarship. ”
The LEAD Foundation, an organization for students with learning disabilities, their families, friends and educators, started this scholarship in 2005. There were few scholarships for students with learning disabilities, and they wanted to recognize students who had learned how to advocate for themselves.
“The scholarship committee had the monumental task of choosing one from many incredible applicants, and we are so proud to present Sydney with this award,” said LEAD Executive Director Kathryn Carruth. “Sydney is an impressive student who will go far in life.”
Beckett is the daughter of David and Jacqueline Beckett and the granddaughter of Michael and Bobbi Miller and Marion and Storm Rhode.