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Ocho Cares Artistry Scholarship

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Marcus Reynolds
1 winner$640
Application Deadline
Jul 31, 2021
Winners Announced
Aug 31, 2021
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Artistry/Creative Expression
You draw, paint, sculpt, dance, act, sing, rap, play an instrument, film/photograph, produce music/films, write, etc.

Creations often succeed where language fails. 

Art and creative expression have long been an integral part of history all over the world. Works of art have told unique stories of what life was like for people centuries before us.

From breathtaking cave paintings, to Toni Morrison’s captivatingly vivid literature, to soothing music on the big screens, we feel the raw emotions of the human race through their own unique artistic expression. 

As an artist myself, I find it extremely important to encourage young artists and creators to express themselves as authentically as possible. Freedom of expression drives new ideas, and new ideas drive change that we could have never imagined. 

The Ocho Cares Artistry Scholarship will support students who are keen to express themselves through the arts and are passionate about their works. 

You must be a high school or undergraduate student to be eligible for this scholarship. To apply, please discuss what being an artist/creator means to you, what drives you, how you’re connected to your pieces, and how you plan to use your creations to connect and create change for future generations. 

If you’d like, you may also submit a link to your creative art portfolio to showcase your work!

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Creative, Innovation, Impact, Ambition, Vision
Published March 21, 2021
Essay Topic

What does being an artist mean to you? How does it drive you? How are you connected to it? How do you plan to use your art to connect and create change for future generations?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Negil McPherson III
Kansas State UniversityOmaha, NE
Being an artist means everything to me. It allows me the opportunity to express myself in ways my words cannot. I have been an avid violin player for almost 11 years, starting in 4th grade and continuing into my sophomore year of college. That was my first encounter with thinking of art as a form of expression. Through music, I found I could convey emotions better than through my own words. From there, I began to record my own music, setting up a home studio in my bedroom. The music I began making was raw and very personal, giving listeners a glimpse into my life with my lyrics explaining how I felt. I found it was easier to explain how I was feeling over a 3-minute instrumental than I ever could talking to someone. I really want to make music to help people in the same capacity many of my favorite artists helped me. They found a way to put my feelings into words. I want to be the voice people can relate to and talk about things that I find really important. For example, in mainstream rap music (until recently), it was considered taboo to express feelings of sadness and depression. Those who talked about their feelings were perceived as “soft” and “vulnerable.” It was always about flexing on “the haters” through your money, jewelry, and women. Earlier mainstream rap music promoted violence and was a catalyst to hate among rap groups and rappers. Many artists began to challenge that mindset and toxicity in the past few years with artists such as Kid Cudi, Xxxtentacion, and Juice WRLD. To name a few, they have really challenged that stigma in the rap industry. I have always wanted it to be my mission to help as many people as I can. If I can help people through my music, I will always strive to make an impact with every lyric I write. To achieve this dream, I plan to finish my Business Marketing major at Kansas State University (as debt-free as possible). I chose Business Marketing because I believe that the music industry is 80% about your branding and marketing, and only 20% everything else. The goal is to get people to buy into me and really believe in who I say I can become. From there, I want to move to Los Angeles to connect and network with people in that industry. I need the help of people who understand the industry and have big connections. I know that through my family, my faith, and my determination, I can make all my dreams a reality


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on Aug 31, 2021.

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