In honor of Lance Reddick, 10 students will be awarded full scholarships to Walden’s 5-week summer Young Musicians Program.

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Lance Reddick and Walden classmate, Eve Sybor, in 1978.

The scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor, will allow students in need of significant financial support to attend the summer program and enjoy the experience of a summer at Walden. Five of the scholarships will be awarded specifically to students from the Baltimore area in honor of Lance’s hometown and the birthplace of The Walden School.

Lance Reddick, a proud Walden alumnus and former faculty member, was an esteemed television and film actor, as well as an accomplished musician. He was most well known for his role as Cedric Daniels in “The Wire.”

Lance was a lifelong creator and student of music. He openly shared the importance of financial assistance to provide him access to creative opportunities like Walden’s program that shaped the arc of his life.

Complete admissions and financial aid applications are due Friday, March 1, 2024. 

A selection committee of Walden faculty and staff will review admissions applications and financial aid applications during March. Awardees will be selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need, as well as musical and creative accomplishments. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2024, of the committee’s decision.

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Read Our 2007 Profile on Lance Reddick

Lance’s favorite thing about Walden was being taken seriously as a kid, and getting training that taught him not just the technical aspects of composing but how to find his voice as a composer. He says, “It serves me still now, writing jazz; it’s about learning to think not just musically, but creatively — outside the box.”

And Lance’s least favorite thing about Walden? “Leaving!”