Nautica Roberts, a graduate of the Gordon H. Garrett Academy of Technology, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship honors Lawrence A. Holt, a young man who died on December 26, 1999 at the age of 18. Earlier that same year he graduated from high school having accepted his diploma in a wheelchair after undergoing surgeries for a brain tumor and stroke that had left him partially paralyzed. The endowment fund is overseen by the Coastal Community Foundation.
Roberts has been involved in many activities including the National Honors Society, Student Government Association, Jefferson Awards Students in Action, and Charleston County School Districts’s 2018-2019 Student Advisory Cabinet. She was also a cheerleader, a member of the tennis, softball, and baseball teams, JROTC Color Guard and a Teacher Cadet. She is active in her church where she works in the nursery, sings in the choir and is a member of the youth ministry. In her free time Roberts loves spending time with her family, singing and writing short stories.
Earlier this summer, Roberts and Augustus Holt, father of Lawrence A. Holt, were both honored at a Charleston RiverDogs game where they were introduced to the crowd. Lawrence was a baseball fan and starter for Garrett Academy’s team. He was also an All Star with the Charleston American Little League.
Roberts wrote Holt a letter after she received word of the scholarship. In it she said, “When I was in first grade, my mother was also going through her own battle with cancer. I am very blessed to still be able to have her in my presence.”
Roberts will attend Clemson University, where she currently plans to major in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, allowing her to pursue her goal of starting a therapy/support group for those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.