Patrick Taylor Straut
June 25, 1992-March 16, 2011
About the Scholarship Fund:
The Patrick Taylor Straut Memorial Scholarship is intended to recognize students like Patrick. Patrick was happy alone with himself; he did not strive for the approval of others. He never did things because that's what you were supposed to do. If he didn't see the purpose himself, then there was no meaning. While he was identified as a highly gifted student his school achievement was strongly tied to his interest in a subject. The intensity and over-excitabilities that are often associated with gifted children had a major impact on his life and his death.
Gifted students who are under-achieving largely ‘fly under the radar’. They are the students who, with the support of true Gifted and Talented educational options and attention to their affective needs, can grow, thrive and achieve their potential.
It is our intention that the Patrick Straut Scholarship recognize the achievement of high school graduation for deserving seniors each year. The Gifted and Talented Program at Wheat Ridge High School (WRHS) was chosen by the Straut family because Patrick’s unmet needs as a high school student were his mother’s catalyst toward activism to gain awareness for the struggles of gifted students who had few real GT options at the high school level. The WRHS program was launched in the fall of 2009 through a combination of activism, education and serendipity. It provides the level of support and academic options that Patrick needed, but never received. Therefore, starting in 2013, recipients have been chosen from among the WRHS GT Center Seniors each year. Each spring, WRHS GT teachers make recommendations for scholarship recipients based on their daily interactions and knowledge of the eligible graduating seniors.
Who is Eligible?
Graduating seniors who are enrolled in the district's Gifted & Talented Center at Wheat Ridge High School are eligible for the scholarship. Please see the Scholarship Application Process page for more information.
About Patrick Taylor Straut:
Every person who came into contact with Patrick left his presence more knowledgeable and wiser than they had been before. He always strove to find the true meaning and beauty in all things, and wouldn't stop until everything was perfect according to his plans.
Patrick's passions included playing the guitar, writing music, and art including sculpture and drawing. He was collaborating with his mother on a photography business where his attention to detail and eye for beauty combined to create panorama photography. He was also exploring screen writing and video game design. A true artist, Patrick had incredible attention to detail in his work and an unmatched passion to follow his every desire with conviction.
Patrick Taylor Straut was born June 25, 1992 at Littleton Hospital. He lived his whole life in Jefferson County. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage; his father and his father's twin brother were adopted from Ireland as toddlers. Patrick always wanted to visit Ireland to see the place in all its beauty in order to fully connect with that part of him.
Patrick had a love of nature. Mount Evans Outdoor Lab site was his favorite place to visit. He was blessed to spend many weekends there with his best friend Evan and his family and friends.
Funds are currently being collected for the 2017 scholarship awards.
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Patrick Straut Foundation
5356 S. Taft St.
Littleton, CO 80127