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Washington Receives OT Scholarship


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University doctoral student Leon Washington of Plano is the recipient of the 2005 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Scholarship. Washington will be recognized at a luncheon on Jan. 25 at the Dallas Country Club.

Recipients of the $1,500 scholarship must be successful TWU occupational therapy students with far reaching goals, strong potential to contribute to the profession and a demonstrated commitment to the vocation.

Washington is a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and occupational therapist registered (OTR) who works with developmentally challenged children and families at the Infant and Toddler Intervention Program of North Texas in Plano. He plans to complete his degree in spring 2007. His doctoral research is focused on abuse of children with disabilities.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from TWU and his master of social work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. A former United States Air Force captain, Washington treated military personnel injured in Operation Desert Storm. In 1999, he became a rehabilitation patient himself after his diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor.

Mrs. Dykes, for whom the scholarship is named, completed the graduate occupational therapy program at Texas Woman’s University in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts degree in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1952. She was director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. Mrs. Dykes developed and supervised the occupational and recreational therapy programs at Baylor in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders and hand splinting. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families in Dallas.

Her community service activities include establishing the annual Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU; serving on the board of directors for the Dallas Opera, Theater III, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet, Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas Theater Center Guild; serving as president of the Diana Dean Head Injury Guild; and chairing the auxiliary board of the Healing Environment Program at Baylor.


For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu



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