Zaria Lyde, a graduate of the Gordon H. Garrett Academy of Technology, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Endowment, overseen by the Coastal Community Foundation.
Lyde, student body president of her class, is a member of HOSA, a club for future healthcare professionals, Jefferson’s Club, and the National Honor Society. Her grades regularly place her on the Principal’s Honor Roll. She was described by her recommenders as “positive, optimistic, respectful, cooperative, helpful, and enthusiastic.” Lyde is motivated to improve the lives of others, especially premature babies, and hopes to become a neonatal nurse. She has positively impacted her community in numerous ways, including by volunteering with My Sister’s House, the Lowcountry Food Bank, and Toys for Tots, as well as with the Vacation Bible School at her church, Azalea Drive Church of Christ. She will attend the University of South Carolina – Beaufort.
Zaria Lyde accomplished all this despite growing up in a difficult situation: She is one of two sisters supported by a hard-working single father. As a high school sophomore she determined that she had to work in addition to attending school so she could contribute to her family’s income.
The Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship honors a young man who died at the age of 18 on December 26, 1999. Earlier that same year he graduated from high school, accepting his diploma in a wheelchair after undergoing surgeries for a brain tumor and a stroke that had left him partially paralyzed.
At a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game earlier this year, Lyde was introduced to the crowd along with Agustus Holt, father of Lawrence A. Holt. Lawrence was a baseball fan and a starter for the Garrett team as well as an All Star with the Charleston American Little League.
Lyde also received scholarship assistance from the Jefferson Nursing Scholarship and the Edgar N. Miles, M.D. Scholarship Fund.