NCLD awards our Anne & Allegra Ford scholarships each year, but this year, as a result of COVID-19, we had to take a different approach. We received thousands of applications from students across the country, our biggest candidate pool ever, and instead of awarding one winner, with the support of a fabulous donor, we were able to award two winners for the 2021 scholarship. We are so proud of all of the amazing applicants and are pleased to introduce you to our two winners of the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
This year, NCLD has awarded the scholarships to two incredible young adults in an attempt to ensure the college and career dreams of young adults with learning disabilities. In addition to the four winners, honorable mentions were selected for their exceptional academic achievement, engagement in both school and community activities, and demonstrated leadership for others with learning disabilities and attention issues.
Congratulations to the 2021 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship winners:
Lys Fabian, of Mayfield, Kentucky, is a 2021 honor graduate of Mayfield High School, with a 3.86 GPA and class rank 19 out of 103. In the fall of 2021, she will attend West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah to major in dental hygiene. Lys was diagnosed with a specific learning disability in the sixth grade. She learned so many ways to be successful in her education with the support of her family, friends, and teachers. She is also very active in her local community and school. She played the alto saxophone in the marching band during all four years of high school. She was involved in the Graves County ASAP club to make a difference in her community and served as a Beta club member. Last but not least, she volunteers daily as a peer mentor for students with special needs at Mayfield Middle School. She is honored to receive this Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship only for people like her. She never thought she would come this far to be one of the 2021 scholarship recipients. Her goal is to be successful in life, be a role model for other students who have the same disability she does, and to never let her learning disability stop her from doing the things she never thought she could. She plans to graduate with her associate’s degree to become a dental hygienist, her dream job.
Juliana Ramai comes from Centereach, New York, and graduated from Centereach High School as an honor student. At Centereach High School, Juliana was the treasurer for SkillsUSA in the cosmetology program. She received several cords at graduation for being a member of the National Technical Honor Society and for receiving the Presidential Award for three consecutive years for completing over 100 community service volunteer hours with the Girl Scouts. She also received the Presidential Academic Excellence Award for being on the honor roll for four years, as well as an award from the National Honor Society for her academics. Juliana graduated with a license for cosmetology. She hopes to be a special education or early childhood teacher and plans to major in mathematics. She will attend Suffolk County Community College and plans to transfer to St. Joseph’s College to get her bachelor’s degree.
About the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
Founded in 2012, The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a two-year award, worth $2,500 each year. It is awarded to a graduating high school senior who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, vocational or technical training program, or specialized program. To qualify for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, students must submit their current financial information and provide documentation of their identified learning disability.
Allegra Ford Thomas is the daughter of Anne Ford and founder of the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship. She was diagnosed with a learning disability at an early age and became the subject of her mother’s memoir Laughing Allegra, which described the experiences of raising a child with learning disabilities. Thomas, like her mother, advocates for children with learning disabilities.
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