Devin Chase Vancil Art and Music Scholarship

Funded by
Fran Vancil
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$1,500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
16
Application Deadline
Feb 23, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 24, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High School or Undergraduate Student
Intended Major:
Art or Music
Education Level:
Intended Major:
High School or Undergraduate Student
Art or Music

Devin Chase Vancil was an avid lover of both art and music. 

Creative modes of expression, such as music and the arts, allow us as humans to connect with others, share personal experiences, and inspire those around us.

All forms of creative expression add beauty and color to a world that often appears bleak in our day to day lives. 

Art and music programs in US public schools are given less and less funding each year, with especially detrimental cuts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This scholarship supports the continuation of musical and artistic education and expression.

This scholarship is meant for a high school or undergraduate student with plans to major in either art or music.

Any high school or undergraduate student who is currently pursuing a major in art and/or music or plans to major in art and/or music, may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us about yourself and why you think art and music are important to society. Then, submit a photo of your portfolio or a video of yourself playing music.


Selection Criteria:
Essay, Portfolio, Art, Music, Passion
Published October 29, 2021
$1,500
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
16
Application Deadline
Feb 23, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 24, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Tell us a bit about yourself. Why do you think art and/or music is important to society?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Machig Dolma
Laguna College of Art and DesignCastle Rock, WA
Art is visual storytelling. Animation, and cartoons in particular, are ways of exploring complex social issues and inspiring social change in a form that is subtle, yet effective. Cartoons are easy-to-digest, with humor with captivating visuals that inspire children's and adults’ imaginations alike. I believe that cartoons can be a powerful vehicle of social change because I’ve seen it myself throughout my life. I spent a significant part of my childhood in India. I’ve seen how the cartoons that I watched as a child have subtly influenced India’s current social climate. I learned about Indian culture and Hindi by watching Cartoon Network on my uncle’s TV. Every afternoon, my mom and I would walk up the road to Uncle’s Buddhist monastery where he would be waiting in his tiny room with his TV on. He and I would cuddle up on his bed to watch hours of Cartoon Network cartoons that were imported from my home country America. The cartoons I watched showed kids like me that strong female leads could be a normal reality, women and girls could be heroes, and male leads could share their power and privilege equally on shows like the PowerPuff Girls, Kim Possible, Gumball, The Misadventures of Billy and Mandy, Adventure Time, and Ben10. These shows weren’t perfect examples of gender equity, but the ideas they introduced were radical to kids who saw their mothers grappling with food scarcity and their sisters struggling with lack of access to education. India’s movies and daytime dramas perpetuated that it was a woman’s responsibility to give up her job after marriage, while sexual violence against women on the streets and in marrage were as normal as buying milk every morning. Nearly a decade and a half later, these same Indian youth who watched cartoons on Cartoon Network are now adults who are demanding gender equality and pushing for female empowerment. These cartoons are not the sole reason for the profound social changes that are taking place in India, but they have made a small and powerful contribution to the normalization of gender equality. It is because of this that I believe that cartoons have the power to influence generations and effect social change by introducing and normalizing new ideas where other mediums cannot. This is why I want to create animations, and why I strive to get my BFA in animation. I want to use animation to tell the stories of minorities and their perspectives in the world; People with mental/physical disabilities, people of the LGBTQ+ community, and people from communities like mine, the Tibetan community. Animation can take issues like immigration, the hardships of being a minority, and the discrimination we face, and illustrate it in ways that children and adults can understand and empathize with. I want to make films and shows that showcase different ways of life, different ways of being, and highlight the minority experience through easy-to-digest animations. My biggest artistic goal is to develop my visual storytelling skills so that I can create work that is unique, powerful, and enticing. My personal and professional goals are rooted in learning how to tell compelling stories that inspire and effect positive change in the world. I would like to create a show that centers around people from diverse backgrounds; this show would help kids and adults understand each other’s differences and give them tools to navigate those differences effectively.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 23, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 24, 2022.

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