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“Desiree is a wonderful young lady. She works extremely hard, is conscientious, polite, appreciative, smart and goal-oriented.” – Lesley Chambers, Director of Student Services for Harrison School of the Arts
Mike Grady Scholarship Winner
Selected by the Mike Grady family, Desiree Carosi is the recipient of LRC’s 2016 Mike Grady Scholarship. In her application essay, Desiree told of her move from Italy to Lakeland two years ago, the recent fire that destroyed her home and possessions (including her beloved piano and music). She also told of her struggle with preparing for the tests, which would open or close the gates to her dream of majoring in music at a respected college. Desiree is a student at Harrison School of the Arts.
“Desiree was chosen for her inspiration, passion, and perseverance in continuing to pursue her life’s dream despite obstacles. The judges for the scholarship were impressed with her dedication to her education and her contribution to her school and community.” – Jon Brock, son-in-law of Mr. Grady

About the Mike Grady Scholarship

LRC was fortunate to have a champion in Mike Grady assuming leadership roles during much of the Learning Resource Center’s existence. When Mike Grady passed away in 2004, he left behind a legacy that has inspired LRC to celebrate his commitment to the community with the “Mike Grady Scholarship”. Each year, one student is selected to receive full tuition for the LRC’s comprehensive 23-hour SAT/ACT Preparation Course. The value of this year’s scholarship is $440.
LRC considers applicants who are role models within their high school that have clear secondary education goals when awarding the Mike Grady Scholarship.

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Menelik Graham Wins LRC Scholarship

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Menelik Graham exemplifies the servant leadership qualities embodied in the legacy of the man for whom his scholarship is named.
Menelik is the Learning Resource Center’s 2015 Mike Grady Scholarship winner.  A junior at Auburndale High School, Menelik is currently ranked number one in his class with a 4.64 GPA, captains the AHS Soccer Team, and holds executive board positions in the Interact and National Honor Society campus organizations. Sarah Cook, College & Career Advisor, affirms that “Menelik demonstrates integrity, leadership, and academic excellence through his school work and the organizations that he has committed to making a difference.
The Mike Grady Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student who, in an essay, expresses the need for financial aid in order to participate in LRC’s SAT or ACT Preparation Course, valued at $440. The judges for the scholarship were impressed with his clarity of goals and belief in the unlimited powered that the opportunity for learning can produce. The late Mike Grady was a champion for education and students in Polk County.  He had a strong commitment to LRC and helped provide academic assistance to many families in the community.
The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. helps students maximize their learning potential by providing personalized educational programs, consultative services for parents and programs to accommodate community needs.