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Christian ‘Myles’ Pratt Foundation Fine Arts Scholarship

1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
Aug 12, 2024
Winners Announced
Sep 12, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Major of Interest:
Ceramics, Computer Animation, Game Design, Drawing, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Sculpture

Minorities have had a significant impact on the art world for decades. Art is a sense of communication, a feeling, a way of transcending oneself. In the wake of social injustice, it’s critical to support their creative ambitions so they can translate cultural experiences and impact future generations.

Minorities are often less fortunate than others so they generally lack the resources and opportunities required to showcase their brilliant ideas, talents, and forms of expression through their artwork.

Christian ‘Myles’ Pratt spent time perfecting his craft, had a fantastic eye for detail, and was an exemplary artist before he passed away in 2018. 

To honor his life and to support minority fine art students in their creative ambitions, the Christian ‘Myles’ Pratt Foundation Fine Arts Scholarship will be awarded to one student from a minority background who has big aspirations for their artistic career.

This scholarship is open to all minority students who are interested in or already enrolled in courses going toward a degree in an art-related field. 

To apply, please write about who has had the biggest influence on your life, how you plan to use your artistic skills after graduating, and what makes your skill different. Please also submit a few photos or visualizations of your artwork (photo submission or application link)!

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Artistic, Creative, Ambition
Published April 20, 2024
Essay Topic

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? How will you use your artistic skills when you graduate to be innovative? What makes your artistic gift or skill different? Please also submit a few photos or visualizations of your artwork (photo submission or application link)!

400–600 words

Winning Application

Farzeen Anam
Savannah College of Art and DesignHavertown, PA
My eyes grew bright and widened as they lingered on the plastic box my mother was holding. Could it be? I raised my chubby hands to my face and toddled clumsily across the room to where she was standing, a lemony smile spread across her face. She handed me the object, and I squealed. It was finally mine. My own DVD of Disney’s The Lion King. My art journey’s biggest influence has been Walt Disney. I didn’t know it then, but that seemingly insignificant childhood moment was where my current aspirations emerged from. I was enraptured by the visuals of magic carpets, singing animals, and girls with fish tails - none of which I ever saw in real life. The carpet on my floor clearly wasn’t going anywhere, and the fish in my aquarium just swam around monotonously. My screen had exposed me to a world of endless possibilities, leaving me unsatisfied. Reality just wasn’t doing it for me. Consequently, my desire to create was born. Other children had gone through a similar phase. What kid hadn’t imagined themselves being a Disney princess and the like? The difference in my case was that the spark of imagination remains ingrained in me today. Walt Disney’s work made me realize how underrated the concept of creativity was. I learned that nothing was unattainable - that with some thinking outside the box you could solve any problem thrown at you. Creativity is my friend now; it allows me to view my surroundings in ways no one else can, and it acts as an escape route whenever I need one. Having a bad day in this universe? Just go to a different one. To quote one of my favorite things Walt has ever said, it’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Today I am an animation student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and upon graduating, I aspire to make an impact on the way people view my people and my culture. Being from a first-world, lesser-known country, I did not feel represented growing up. Bangladesh is not very well-known as a part of Asia and South Asians are often subjected to hurtful stereotypes. I have always been the only Bangladeshi in the classroom, and my art pieces are the only ones that include slices of my country. It is simultaneously overwhelming and flattering that I get to be the one who introduces my classmates to a new language and new culture. I commit myself to creating characters that better represent people from my culture. I tell diverse stories in my projects, in a manner that is authentic and derives from my lived experiences. Something that is crucial to me is breaking people’s preconceived notions and stereotypes they may have ingrained in them. When the world sees my work, I want them to see me and my culture for who and what we are. One can dream, right? In the future, I am an accomplished artist, and my art is helping someone else realize the power of their imagination. My work is educating people, shattering stereotypes and pushing forth the notion that someone out there is rooting for you. You are not alone.
Jamila Jagours
School of Visual ArtsMcKinney, TX
My mother has had the biggest influence on my life, particularly because of the godly, gentle spirit that she embodies. During times of difficulty, I have watched how my mother patiently endured many hardships, and then stood still to see God's faithful hand of deliverance. At moments when I thought she should have forsaken others who didn't appear to reciprocate the same amount of love, compassion, and selflessness that she freely gave, my mother continued to give even more of herself (and even much more of God). Having such a great example of what is means to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ is the primary reason why I decided to become a Christian several years ago. I plan to keep the godly flame shining brightly through my artwork. In a world where we struggle to find hope, I want to help other individuals see the beauty and joy in what remains in the earth - whether it's people, tragedy, adverse circumstances, or simple pleasures. In my artwork, I use bold colors to add a sense of life to the objects and atmosphere. I am still developing my voice as an artist/illustrator, but subjects of interest to me are portraits, fashion, and food. I am currently interested in working as a freelance editorial, fashion, and children's book illustrator. I stand out from other illustrators in the fact that I do most of my work by hand. Although the majority of artwork today is digitized, I am not opposed to that. I do believe that a small amount of digital editing is needed to fine-tune certain details (depending on the job), but there is a special personalization that the artwork possesses when the artist's raw pencil marks and paint strokes remain. I believe that having the original "handprint" of the artist on a piece of art not only adds character, but it also helps communicate the story that the artist was trying to convey. My favorite mediums to work in are oil paint, colored pencils, and markers, but I am constantly developing my skills to stay relevant in an industry that is always evolving. While I am studying at School of Visual Arts, I am learning how to incorporate digital technology into my illustrations. Also, I am learning other skills that are in demand today, such as lettering, watercolor, gouache, and photography. I aspire to be an illustrator who possesses many diverse skill sets that are able to meet the needs of the clients who request my services.
Jessica Clermont
University of FloridaGainesville, FL
My beautiful and unbreakable mother has had the biggest influence on my life. In the face of adversity, she has remained strong and raised me to be tenacious and unrelenting in a society that does not favor someone who looks like me. Born into a strict Haitian household, my mother never obtained the freedom to express herself and achieve a life she dreamed for herself. Instead, she kept her head down and traveled to America with my father seeking a better life for our family. My earliest memories of my mother consist of her getting dressed for work. Despite my lack of attachment to these memories, I recall her getting dressed in various uniforms over the course of my life. From nurse scrubs to housekeeping uniforms my mother was always getting dressed to provide us with the best that she could afford. In these moments she always encouraged me to chase my dreams and take advantage of all opportunities that came my way. However, as my eyes grew to sparkle, my mother’s began to dull. Older now, I realize the many jobs and countless hours of hard work dimmed my mother’s light. As an immigrant woman, she is underappreciated and constantly fights to be treated equally. Through all of this, she has never faltered or batted an eyelash at what life had to throw her way, until she broke down in front of me. My superwoman revealed her kryptonite and it broke my heart into pieces. My mother works so hard, and I believe it's only right to work just as hard to show her the fruits of her efforts. With the art she taught me to love, I want to paint her a new world. I want to make it for her, for me, and for all who look like me. To achieve this, I developed an outline for a clothing brand dedicated to social critique. This brand explores the mental health and treatment of People of Color to discuss what we, the next generation, would like to see in our futures. I discovered a passion for and a voice in this project during my sophomore year. I intend to use my artistic skills to bring this project into a reality. Not only would this brand amplify voices like mothers, but I also believe it would provide people of color with a chance to illustrate, and display their voices. No longer are we looked down upon, here we stand united to show who we are. For example, one design in this project featured a t-shirt available in multiple rich shades with an image of two different identities connected by the growth between them. While these identities face different paths, they share the same values and come together to enhance their understanding of each other. Consequently, I want the images presented on the items of this brand to be raw, thoughtful, and consistent with the true feelings of communities that deserve to be heard. My artistic skill is different in both technique and intention. I use lines to communicate ideas unique to my experiences. Recently decided to create artworks that generate a discussion about the significance of identity and being proud of who you are. Within these artworks, I use a meticulous linework style accompanied by various colors, textures, and mediums to indicate the power of black skin. I believe in sharing my story to connect with and empower others. With each art piece that I create, I hope to gain a greater understanding of who I am while helping others do the same.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 12, 2024. Winners will be announced on Sep 12, 2024.