September 26th, 2022

2022 Scholarship Winners Announced

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is honored to award this year’s Anne Ford & Allegra Ford Thomas scholarship recipients. Both scholarships were created to support outstanding students with learning disabilities who exhibit strong academic performance; have demonstrated leadership and participation in their school and community.  

It is with great pleasure that we announce Lacey Schmidt as the 2022 Allegra Ford Thomas scholarship recipient and Zamora Lee as the 2022 Anne Ford scholarship recipient. We received our largest applicant pool in the history of our scholarship program, and these two individuals rose to the top as stellar candidates. 

Please join us in congratulating Lacey and Zomora.

Lacey Schmidt 

Lacey Schmidt is a graduate of Deshler High School in Deshler, Nebraska. She maintained a 3.9 GPA while participating in extracurricular activities throughout high school. She is a three-sport athlete, peer mentor, and avid volunteer within her community. In addition to her academic and athletic commitments, Lacey finds joy in showcasing her livestock across the nation as a participant in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). She is currently a freshman at Colby Community College, studying agricultural economics and animal science. She also serves as a judge for the school’s livestock team. 


Zomara Lee

Zomara Lee is a graduate of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia.  While in high school, Zomara was the Captain of the varsity cheerleading team, a member of the varsity golf team, vice president of the student council association, founder and vice president of the Future Farmers of America, and participated in several other clubs and organizations. Zomara graduated high school with a 3.96 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Art, Math, English, Spanish, Science, and Social Studies Honor Societies.  She excelled academically with rigorous classes, which consisted of AP and Dual Enrollment. Zomara will be attending Virginia Tech University in the Fall, double majoring in Animal and Poultry Science and Dairy Science with a pre-vet emphasis. She would like to become an exotic veterinarian and help preserve our wildlife from extinction.

About Allegra Ford-Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded over two years ($2,500 each year) to a graduating high school senior who will enroll in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with a learning disability. 

About Anne Ford Scholarship 

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. Students must have a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD.

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