Scholarship named for Bea Gaddy

Lawyers who advised her set up fund at school for learning-disabled

May 10, 2002|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore lawyers who advised the late Bea Gaddy launched a scholarship fund yesterday in her honor to help low-income minority children with learning disabilities.

Brothers Phillip and Bryan Potts are starting the Bea Gaddy Scholarship Fund at the Lab School of Washington, a school for students with learning disabilities that opened a Baltimore branch two years ago.

The lawyers' father, Bernard Potts, was one of Gaddy's longtime mentors as she built a charitable enterprise to serve the homeless and hungry.

Phillip Potts said yesterday that Gaddy had once told him she dreamed of starting a school in Baltimore for minority children with learning disabilities.

Rather than try to start such a school from scratch, Potts said he and his brother looked to the Lab School at the Port Discovery Children's Museum, which serves students with moderate to severe disabilities in grades one through six.

Sally L. Smith, founder of the school, said the fund will help diversify the student body. Of the 33 students now attending, four are African-American.

The fund has raised $20,000, with an initial goal of $50,000. Tuition at the school is $19,000 a year.

Smith said she thought it appropriate that the scholarships be named for Gaddy, who "pulled herself up by her bootstraps."

"It's kind of a message of what we're hoping for our kids," she said.

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