FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2024) – Fort Worth Country Day’s (FWCD) Class of 2024 has earned more than $12.6 million in merit-based scholarships, awarded to 87 percent of its 87 graduating seniors. They were accepted to a total of 147 universities and have committed to attend 40 of them, and will utilize more than $2.2 million of the scholarship money offered at their attending colleges.  Sixty-one percent of the senior class will attend out-of-state colleges and universities in the fall, with 39 percent staying in-state.

FWCD valedictorian Lily Hyde will attend the University of Virginia in the fall, where she will double major in business and psychology. During her time at FWCD, Hyde was a Cum Laude Society member, named one of FWCD’s Outstanding Undergraduates in Science, and the recipient of the Yale Book Award, the Brown University Book Award, and the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award. A gifted dancer and student choreographer in FWCD’s ballet program, Hyde also received the Gail Corkery Award, given to a student who best combines academic excellence with outstanding dedication to the ballet program. Hyde is the founder of the community organization, Brain Buddies, which fosters a passion for the brain among FWCD’s 4th grade and high school students. She was also a semifinalist for the merit-based Morehead-Cain scholarship.

FWCD’s salutatorian, Evan Dickerson, will attend Southern Methodist University in the fall, where he will major in business. During his time at FWCD, he was a Cum Laude Society member and honored with the Senior Spanish Student Award, the Senior English Student Award, and the prestigious Humanitas per Disciplinam Award. Dickerson has also been involved in the Young Men’s Service League as its Leadership and Philanthropy Committee Chair, and is the founder of Feeding Fort Worth, in which he raised over $5,000 and increased awareness about food insecurity in Fort Worth. He is also the recipient of two merit-based scholarships at SMU: He is a Hunt Scholar and a BBA Scholar, which is given to less than 100 students entering SMU and represents the strongest business applicants in the incoming class.

Other Class of 2024 highlights include:
  • 17 seniors were named National Merit Finalists, Commended, and/or College Board Recognition Programs Scholars
  • 29 seniors were named AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, or AP Scholars with Distinction
  • 87 percent received merit-based college scholarships or awards
  • 11 seniors will attend The University of Texas at Austin, taking the lead as FWCD’s highest enrolling institution for 2024
  • Seven seniors will become collegiate athletes, including:
    • One who will play tennis at Hobart and William Smith College
    • One who will play tennis at Lawrence University
    • One who will compete on the track & field team at Sewanee: The University of the South
    • One who will play field hockey at Sewanee: The University of the South
    • One who will play lacrosse at Berry College
    • One who will play baseball at Murray State College
    • One who will play softball at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Three seniors will attend colleges for fine arts, including:
    • One who will study music performance in classical guitar at the University of Colorado Boulder
    • One who will study ballet at Southern Methodist University
    • One who will study studio art at Texas Christian University
FWCD’s head of school, Eric Lombardi, remarked to the 2024 FWCD senior class: "You have come from a place that has challenged you and met those challenges. You have come from a place that cares about you and take that care with you. You have come from a place where you have made an important friend, probably many friends, and take those friendships into the future. You have been a part of a class that has been respectful of each other while sharing immense talents across fields, courts, stages, and classrooms. You have learned from teachers and coaches who have taken seriously their charge to help you meet your potential. May you not only meet but exceed all your potential as scholars, researchers, entrepreneurs, athletes, performers, and, mostly, kind people eager to contribute to a better and better."

Since 1963, Fort Worth Country Day has inspired the passion to learn, the courage to lead, and the commitment to serve through a program that fosters the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of its students. Situated on 104 acres in southwest Fort Worth, Fort Worth Country Day’s 220 faculty/staff members lead and teach grades JK-12. Offering a comprehensive college-preparatory curriculum, Fort Worth Country Day focuses on the 3A’s—academics, arts, and athletics—to bring balance to students’ experiences, provide opportunities to explore multiple interests, and thrive in a compassionate community. To learn more about Fort Worth Country Day, visit or

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