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Hi! My name is Alexis Colvin, and I am a passionate bi-racial high school senior. My main focus is on photography, but I have a deep appreciation for all forms of art, including music, film, painting, drawing, and sculpting. I find inspiration in every aspect of life and constantly exploring new mediums to express my creativity. My ultimate goal is to combine my love for photography with a degree in graphic design, allowing me to merge two of my biggest passions into one. I constantly push myself to improve and grow as an artist, always seeking new challenges and opportunities to expand my skills. Beyond my art, I am a lover of nature and animals, and spending time with my loved ones. I hope to positively impact the world through my art and inspire others to pursue their passions as well. I will be a first generation coming from a low-income family.

Education

Coastal Alabama Community College

Associate's degree program
2024 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Graphic Communications

Sipsey Valley High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Visual and Performing Arts, General
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
    • International/Globalization Studies
    • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
    • Design and Applied Arts
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Arts

    • Dream career goals:

      Photojournalist and graphic designer

    • Server

      Mi Publeto Bar and Grill
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Sandwich artist

      Subway
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Front Desk Worker & Trampoline Worker

      Upsurge Trampoline Park
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Bowling

    Junior Varsity
    2021 – 20221 year

    Research

    • Social Sciences, Other

      Oregon State — Photographer
      2024 – 2024

    Arts

    • Sipsey valley highschool

      Photography
      soccor 224
      2024 – 2024

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Church — Teacher
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Nyadollie Scholarship
    Hi, my name is Alexis Colvin. I am an up-and-coming fashion portrait photographer/undergrad fueled by nothing but hopes, dreams, and poverty. This scholarship will not only help grow my passion and love for art but help me stay on track educationally. Every day is a constant battle between meeting deadlines for school assignments and editing photos for clients. I often stay up late into the night, determined to make my clients happy and to finish due assignments, sacrificing my sleep and comfort for not only them but also my eagerness to create. The pressure to excel in my academic and creative pursuits is sometimes overwhelming, but I know all my hard work will pay off in the end. Being a young amateur photographer trying to make a name for myself while struggling to afford school has been one of the biggest challenges of my life. Juggling six classes, photography gigs, family troubles, a part-time job, and a social life is no easy game. But despite all the obstacles in my way, I refuse to give up. I am determined to succeed, no matter what it takes. Family troubles add an extra layer of complexity to my already hectic life. Dealing with personal issues while trying to focus on my photography and schoolwork is emotionally draining, but I refuse to let it hold me back. I use my art as a form of therapy, allowing me to express my feelings and emotions in a way that words cannot. Despite my busy schedule, I somehow managed to find time for a part-time job to help make ends meet. Balancing work, school, and photography is a constant juggling act, but I am grateful for the opportunity to gain real-world experience and earn some much-needed income. Every penny I earn brings me one step closer to achieving my goals. My social life often takes a backseat to my other responsibilities, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Surrounding myself with supportive friends who understand and encourage my passions is essential to my success. Their unwavering belief in me gives me the strength to keep pushing forward, even when the odds seem stacked against me. With their love and support, I know that I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way. By the universe's grace, I somehow manage to keep all of these plates spinning. I may struggle to make ends meet, but I refuse to let that stop me from chasing my dreams. With hard work, determination, and a little luck, I know that I will make it as a successful photographer, no matter what obstacles come my way. Below is a link to my portfolio! https://picsbylex.myportfolio.com
    Schmid Memorial Scholarship
    As the child of a single mother who has faced financial hardship my entire life, I know firsthand the profound impact that compassion and generosity can have. Growing up in a low-income household, I've experienced the challenges of trying to pursue my education and creative passions while also helping to support my family. However, my struggles have only strengthened my drive to make a positive difference in the world, just as Erich and Frieda Schmid did through their own acts of kindness. Photography has been a crucial outlet for me, allowing me to express my emotions and share uplifting stories from my community. Whether I'm capturing the joyful faces of my classmates at my school where I volunteered as a photographer, or the sense of community at local protest, my camera has become a tool for celebrating the human spirit and raising awareness of the issues facing people in poverty. Through this scholarship, I would be able to further develop my skills and put my photographic talents to use in even more impactful ways. By providing financial assistance to more compassionate, civic-minded individuals, this scholarship will not only empower me, but the next generation of community leaders and change-makers. Not only would the financial support allow me to focus more on my studies without the constant worry of making ends meet, but it would also inspire me to embody the compassion that Erich and Frieda Schmid demonstrated. I plan to use my education to give back, whether that's documenting the work of local nonprofits, creating uplifting visual campaigns to destigmatize poverty, or teaching photography workshops to underserved youth. This scholarship would be so much more than just funding - it would be an investment in my ability to make a difference and honor the legacy of two individuals who clearly understood the transformative power of kindness. In 2024, my house burned down in a devastating fire. It was a painful and heartbreaking experience, losing so many irreplaceable belongings and memories. In the aftermath of this tragedy, however, I found the strength to rebuild and move forward. I channeled my pain and loss into fueling my passion for creativity, love, photography, art, music, and community. Determined not to let this loss define me, I turned to my love for photography as a way to capture the beauty and resilience that can emerge from destruction. Through my lens, I sought to find hope and inspiration in the world around me.
    Student Life Photography Scholarship
    Natalie Jude Women in the Arts Scholarship
    I have always had a deep fascination with photography and composition. I love the way a simple click of a camera can capture a moment in time, freeze it forever in a still frame, hold it forever in a tiny capsule of memories, and for a lifetime, never forget it. I love how I can transport those stills from my mind into my camera through the lens into the screen and, soon enough, into my hands. My favorite collection I have done is Cigarette Daydreams, which can be located at the bottom of my portfolio in 3 different parts. It showcases my creative outlook and eye for cinema the best. I had so much fun creating something I had never done before; knowing I had made something of my own felt very liberating. I am particularly inspired by Petra Collins, a visionary artist whose work speaks to me on a personal level. Her ability to infuse her photographs with a sense of raw emotion and vulnerability is something I aspire to emulate in my own work. Growing up in poverty, I have had to learn to make the best of what I have. I often struggle to afford expensive equipment or access to grand locations, but I have come to realize that true creativity comes from within, not from the tools at my disposal. But with each shot I take, I am one step closer to expanding my dream of creating more images that will touch the hearts of others
    Amanda Panda Memorial Scholarship
    Art is a big part of my life, a source of comfort, expression and inspiration. This newfound passion for the arts sparked a desire in me to use my talents to bring positivity to the world and make a difference in the lives of others. By sharing my photos with the world, I hope to shed light on important issues, inspire empathy and compassion, and spark meaningful conversations that lead to positive change. Historically, art played an important role in society and was a reflection of cultural values, beliefs and emotions. Influencers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo have made a lasting impact on the world through their art, inspiring generations of artists to follow their passions and use their talents to changing the world. These renowned artists demonstrate that art has the power to cross borders, connect people from all walks of life, and evoke universal emotions. The beauty of art lies in its ability to evoke emotion, provoke thought and challenge perception, ultimately leading to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world. around us. Looking to the future, I believe that art can play an important role in shaping the world and influencing positive change. By using the power of art to inspire, educate and unite people from all walks of life, we can create a more compassionate, compassionate and positive world for generations to come. I do this by going to protest and being active in my community. Despite the positive impact that art can have on society, there are also negative aspects to consider. Art can be subjective and controversial, sparking debates and disagreements over its meaning and significance. In some cases, art may be used as a tool for propaganda, manipulation, or exploitation, leading to the distortion of its true essence and purpose. It is important for artists to navigate these complexities with integrity, responsibility, and ethical considerations in mind. Overall, my love of art is a guiding light in my life, giving me purpose, creativity, and connection to the world around me. Through my photography and art, I hope to bring positivity, beauty, and understanding to the world, reveal the true nature of humanity, and inspire others to see it. the world through a different perspective. Life and art are inextricably linked, and the combination of the two allows us to make a real difference and have a lasting impact on the world.
    Kenyada Me'Chon Thomas Legacy Scholarship
    Winner
    Supporting homeless children with safe shelters and access to education can break the cycle of poverty and decrease the likelihood of falling into the trap of drug addiction. By providing a stable environment and opportunities for a brighter future, we can empower these vulnerable young individuals to overcome adversity and contribute positively to society. Initiatives that address both homelessness and drug addiction can create a ripple effect of hope and transformation in our communities. Homelessness among children is a pressing issue that has far-reaching consequences. Children who experience homelessness are more likely to face a myriad of challenges, including inadequate access to education, healthcare, and social services. Without stable shelter and supportive resources, these children are at a higher risk of falling into poverty and succumbing to the cycle of drug addiction. However, by providing safe shelters and access to education, we can interrupt this cycle and empower homeless children to build a brighter future for themselves. One key aspect of supporting homeless children is providing them with safe shelters. Without a stable and secure place to call home, children are susceptible to the dangers of the streets, including exploitation, abuse, and exposure to illicit activities. By offering safe shelters, we can provide a protective environment where children can feel secure and supported as they work towards a better future. Safe shelters also offer access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene facilities, ensuring that children's basic needs are met. In addition to safe shelters, access to education is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty and drug addiction among homeless children. Education is a powerful tool that empowers individuals to improve their circumstances, broaden their opportunities, and build a successful future. By ensuring that homeless children have access to quality education, we equip them with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to break free from the cycle of poverty and avoid the pitfalls of drug addiction. Education provides a pathway to a better future, offering homeless children the chance to realize their full potential and contribute positively to society. Furthermore, initiatives that address both homelessness and drug addiction can create a ripple effect of hope and transformation in our communities. By addressing the root causes of these issues and providing comprehensive support services, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for homeless children. These initiatives can include counseling, vocational training, mentorship programs, and rehabilitation services to address the complex needs of homeless children and help them overcome the challenges they face. By taking a holistic approach to supporting homeless children, we can create sustainable solutions that break the cycle of poverty and drug addiction. In conclusion, supporting homeless children with safe shelters and access to education is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty and decreasing the likelihood of falling into the trap of drug addiction. By providing a stable environment and opportunities for a brighter future, we can empower these vulnerable young individuals to overcome adversity and contribute positively to society. Initiatives that address both homelessness and drug addiction can create a ripple effect of hope and transformation in our communities, ultimately building a more inclusive and supportive society for all. Taking action to support homeless children is not only a moral imperative but also a practical investment in the future of our communities.
    Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
    Losing my grandmother and grandfather when I was just 14 years old was an incredibly painful experience for me. It had a profound impact on my mental well-being, and I found myself spiraling downwards. However, I knew that I had to find a way to heal and move forward, because if I didn't, I wouldn't have been able to survive past the age of 16. As I reached the age of 17, I began to realize that life was continuing to move forward, regardless of the pain and loss I had experienced. Instead of wasting my time dwelling on sadness, I made a conscious decision to redirect my focus towards something that could help me excel in my future career. I started saving up money to purchase a camera and the necessary equipment, as I had always dreamed of pursuing photography. This decision marked a turning point in my life. I wanted to capture the beauty of the world around me and express my emotions through the lens of a camera. Photography became my outlet, allowing me to channel my grief into something productive and meaningful. It gave me a sense of purpose and a renewed passion for life. In addition to pursuing my passion for photography, I also began to prioritize experiencing life to the fullest. The loss of my loved ones had made me acutely aware of the fragility and unpredictability of life. I didn't want to waste any more time being surrounded by death and sadness. Instead, I made a conscious effort to embrace new opportunities, travel more, and immerse myself in different cultures. Through these experiences, I discovered that there is so much more to life than just the pain of loss. I learned to appreciate the small moments of joy, the beauty of nature, and the connections we form with others. Each new adventure and encounter became a reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of cherishing every precious moment. The loss of my close family members forced me to confront the brevity of life and the importance of focusing on what truly matters. It taught me to value my dreams, to fight for them, and to never take anything for granted. While the pain of their absence will always be with me, I have found solace and purpose in pursuing my passions and embracing the wonders of life.
    Redefining Victory Scholarship
    For me, success looks like living a fulfilling life doing what I love. As a young artist, I have always been passionate about various forms of art, from music and film to painting and drawing. However, my true love lies in photography. Capturing the world through my lens and showcasing its natural beauty brings me immense joy and satisfaction. My goal is to combine this passion with a graphic design degree, which will allow me to create visually stunning and impactful pieces of art. This opportunity to pursue a graphic design degree is crucial for my success as an artist. Not only will it equip me with the technical skills and knowledge to enhance my photography, but it will also open up new avenues for me to express myself through design.. I believe that a degree in graphic design will help me take my art to the next level and reach a wider audience. Through my art, I hope to reflect diversity and shed light on important social issues. Photography has the power to capture raw emotions and tell powerful stories. I want to use this power to bring attention to injustices and inhumane practices in our society. Whether it's through capturing the energy of a protest or highlighting the beauty of different cultures, I want my art to make an impact and bring about positive change. Success, to me, also means constantly learning and growing as an artist. I am always seeking new ways to improve my skills and challenge myself creatively. This opportunity to pursue a graphic design degree will provide me with a platform to push my boundaries and explore new techniques. It will also allow me to collaborate with like-minded individuals and learn from experienced professionals in the field. Success for me is about finding fulfillment and making a difference through my art. This opportunity to combine my passion for photography with a graphic design degree will not only help me achieve my goals but also contribute to my personal growth as an artist. I am excited about the endless possibilities and challenges that lie ahead, and I am determined to make the most of this opportunity to reach my full potential as an artist. Being a part of the minority community and facing financial burdens throughout my life has shaped my perspective and fueled my passion for addressing social injustices through art. I have seen firsthand the struggles and inequalities faced by marginalized groups, and I believe that art has the power to amplify their voices and bring attention to these issues. Through my art, I hope to spark important conversations and inspire action towards creating a more just and equitable society. This opportunity will not only help me financially, but it will also provide me with the recognition and exposure necessary to make a significant impact with my art. It will give me the platform and resources to further develop my skills and create even more powerful and meaningful pieces. Most importantly, it will give me the validation and support I need to continue pursuing my passion and using my art to advocate for social justice. Success for me is not just about personal achievements, but also about making a positive impact on society and uplifting marginalized communities. This opportunity will play a crucial role in helping me achieve this success and making my dreams a reality. I am determined to use my art to break down barriers and create a more inclusive and equitable world, and I am grateful for any support that will help me on this journey.
    Mcristle Ross Minority Painter's Scholarship
    I have chosen to pursue art because it is my true passion and calling in life. From a young age, I have always been drawn to creating and expressing myself through various forms of art. Whether it was painting, drawing, or photography, I found solace and fulfillment in the creative process. As I grew older, I realized that art was more than just a hobby for me, it was a way to make a difference in the world. What inspires me artistically is the power of visual storytelling. I believe that art has the ability to convey messages and emotions in a way that words cannot. It is a universal language that transcends barriers and connects people from all walks of life. This is what drives me to create and share my art with the world. Nature is a constant source of inspiration for me. The intricate patterns, vibrant colors, and delicate balance of the natural world never fail to amaze me. Through my art, I hope to capture and preserve the beauty of nature and raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment. It is my way of giving back to the planet and advocating for a more sustainable future. But it is not just the external world that inspires me, it is also the human experience. I am fascinated by the complexity of human emotions and the way they shape our perceptions and interactions with the world. I strive to capture these emotions in my art, whether it is through a photograph or a graphic design. I want to spark a dialogue and encourage people to reflect on their own emotions and experiences. My vision for my art is to use it as a tool for awareness and change. I want to highlight urgent environmental and social issues and promote a more inclusive definition of beauty. In a world that often values superficial qualities, I want to challenge societal norms and celebrate diversity in all its forms. I believe that art has the power to shape opinions and influence change, and I want to use that power for the greater good. However, my journey as an artist has not been without its challenges. In January 2023, my house burned down and I lost everything, including all my photography equipment. It was a devastating experience that not only took a toll on my career, but also on my mental health. The financial burden of starting over was overwhelming, not just for me but for my family as well. But in the midst of this tragedy, I found solace in my art. It became a way for me to cope with my loss and channel my pain into something meaningful. Another significant event in my life that has shaped my artistic journey was the loss of my grandmother when I was just 14 years old. Her passing left a void in my life, but it also taught me the value of cherishing every moment and finding beauty in the midst of pain. It is this lesson that I carry with me and infuse into my art. In conclusion, my passion for art runs deep and is rooted in my desire to make a positive impact in the world. Through my art, I hope to inspire, provoke, and promote change. Nature, human emotions, and my own personal experiences all play a crucial role in inspiring my art and shaping my perspective. I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion and I am excited to see where my creative journey will take me next.
    Lewis Hollins Memorial Art Scholarship
    As an artist, my ultimate goal is to create meaningful and impactful work that resonates with people on a personal level. Through my art, I hope to inspire, educate, and provoke thought about important issues that are often overlooked in our society. My passion for photography and graphic design stems from a deep desire to use visual storytelling as a means of communication, to shed light on the stories and narratives that often go unheard. Through my photography, I aim to capture the beauty of the world around us - both in nature and in humanity. I believe that the natural world holds a special kind of magic and I strive to showcase its wonder and diversity through my lens. At the same time, I am drawn to capturing the raw and authentic emotions of people, as I believe that there is a powerful connection between human emotion and the natural world. By combining these elements, I hope to create images that not only capture the eye but also touch the soul. With graphic design, I am able to take my storytelling to another level. I am able to use my creativity and technical skills to convey powerful messages and ideas through visual mediums. I see graphic design as a way to bridge the gap between art and communication, to create something that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also has a deeper meaning and purpose. My future relationship with my artwork is one that I envision to be constantly evolving and growing. As I continue to develop my skills and expand my knowledge, I see my art evolving with me. I want to continue pushing boundaries and experimenting with new techniques and mediums, always striving to improve and refine my craft. But beyond personal growth, I also see my art as a means of making a positive impact in the world. I hope to use my platform to raise awareness about pressing environmental and social issues, using my art as a tool for change. Whether it's shedding light on the effects of climate change, promoting diversity and inclusivity, or advocating for social justice, I want my art to be a catalyst for important conversations and meaningful change. In my future relationship with my artwork, I also hope to foster a sense of community and connection. I believe that art has the power to bring people together and create a sense of understanding and empathy. I want my art to be a source of inspiration and connection for others, as well as a means of self-expression and reflection. Overall, my goal is to use my art to make a positive impact and leave a lasting impression on the world. I am excited to see where my passion for photography and graphic design will take me, and I am committed to using my skills and talents to make a difference in the world.
    Solomon Vann Memorial Scholarship
    The first priority of the Senate Mental Health Caucus should be to improve prevention and early intervention efforts. By addressing mental health issues at the early stages, we can prevent them from escalating and becoming more severe. This includes promoting mental health education and awareness, as well as implementing programs that can identify and support individuals who may be at risk for developing mental health disorders. By focusing on prevention and early intervention, we can save lives and reduce the long-term impact of mental illness. The second priority should be to expand the country’s mental health professional workforce. Currently, there is a shortage of mental health professionals, especially in rural and underserved areas. By increasing the number of mental health professionals, we can ensure that individuals have access to quality care and support when they need it. This also includes providing incentives for mental health professionals to work in these underserved areas and increasing funding for mental health training programs. The third priority should be to enhance our nation’s crisis response services. In times of crisis, individuals with mental illness may not receive the appropriate care and support they need. By improving our crisis response services, we can ensure that individuals in crisis are connected with the necessary resources and support, including mental health professionals and crisis hotlines. This will help to prevent tragedies and provide individuals with the help they need to recover. The fourth and final priority should be to increase access to evidence-based mental health treatment and common-sense solutions. Many individuals with mental illness do not receive the treatment they need due to barriers such as cost, lack of insurance coverage, and stigma. By increasing access to evidence-based treatment and promoting common-sense solutions, we can help individuals with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives. This includes advocating for mental health parity, which ensures that mental health treatment is covered at the same level as physical health treatment. While these four priorities are crucial, there is another aspect that should also be considered a priority: addressing the root causes of mental illness. This includes addressing social and economic factors that contribute to mental health issues, such as poverty, discrimination, and access to healthcare. By addressing these underlying issues, we can prevent mental health problems from arising in the first place. Additionally, it is important to prioritize the voices and needs of individuals with lived experience of mental illness in all discussions and decisions made by the Caucus. By including their perspectives, we can ensure that the solutions put forth are effective and truly address the needs of those living with mental illness.
    Black Leaders Scholarship
    Growing up, I always knew Black History Month was an important time to celebrate and honor the contributions of African Americans throughout history. However, it wasn't until I was introduced to Martha B Johnson, a Black leader and fashion icon, that I truly understood the significance of this month. As a young black woman pursuing a career in graphic design and photography, I found myself feeling limited in my creativity and the opportunities available to me. But learning about Martha B Johnson's story and her impact on the minority and LGBTQ community showed me that there were no limits to what I could achieve. Martha B Johnson was a trailblazer in the fashion industry, breaking barriers as a black woman and openly gay designer. She used her platform to not only showcase her innovative designs but also to advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the fashion world. Her bold and fearless sense of style challenged societal norms and expanded our views on fashion and culture. She showed me that fashion was not just about looking good, but it could also be a powerful tool for social change. As a graphic designer, I am constantly inspired by Martha B Johnson's fearless approach to expressing herself through her designs. She wasn't afraid to push boundaries and use fashion as a means of self-expression and activism. Her bold and vibrant designs continue to inspire me to think outside the box and use my art to make a positive impact. In addition to her contributions to the fashion industry, Martha B Johnson also advocated for the rights of the LGBTQ community. As a member of this community myself, her fearlessness and resilience in the face of adversity inspire me to stand up for what I believe in and fight for equality. She showed me that being true to myself and using my voice to speak out against injustice is the most powerful form of activism. Martha B Johnson's impact has continued to resonate with me throughout my personal and professional journey. She has taught me the importance of representation and using my platform to uplift marginalized communities. As I continue to pursue my career in graphic design and photography, I hope to follow in her footsteps and use my creativity to make a difference in the world, just like Martha B Johnson did. Her legacy lives on, and she will always be one of my biggest inspirations during Black History Month and beyond.
    Alexis Mackenzie Memorial Scholarship for the Arts
    From the moment I realized I could hold a pencil and leave a mark on paper, I have known that my passion lies within the arts. My name is Alexis Colvin, I’m a young biracial woman who, despite being told my entire life that I couldn't create beautiful things, have continually defied such limiting beliefs through my artwork. I am currently embarking on a journey in graphic design and photography, intertwining these two mediums to craft visually compelling narratives that speak volumes beyond what words can convey. Financial constraints may have limited my access to materials and resources, yet they have not constrained my creativity or my determination to make a significant impact through my art. My work is a testament to the beauty of diversity and the celebration of our connection to mother earth, aiming to broaden the world's perspectives on beauty and encourage people to see the beauty within themselves and their surroundings regardless of what we’ve been told is considered beautiful. By incorporating elements of nature and human emotion into my graphic designs and photographs, I strive to spark wonder, provoke thought, and evoke deep emotions, fostering a dialogue about the importance of appreciating and preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us. My vision is to use my art as a tool for awareness and change, highlighting urgent environmental and social issues and promoting a more inclusive definition of beauty that transcends race, gender, and social status. I am deeply committed to using my career in art not just as a personal fulfillment, but as a platform to inspire and motivate others. My goal is to demonstrate that art has the power to unite people from different backgrounds, challenge societal norms, and inspire positive change in the world. Through my unique perspective as a biracial woman overcoming imposed limitations, I hope to motivate others to break free from their constraints and pursue their passions with resilience and courage. For years I held myself back, so to be able to help emphasize and highlight others is truly a dream of mine. My journey in art is not just about creating aesthetically pleasing pieces; it's about telling stories that need to be heard, shining a light on underrepresented voices, and using beauty as a tool for healing and understanding. I envision a world where art is recognized not only for its intrinsic value but also for its ability to inspire hope, catalyze social change, and bring people together in a divided world. In conclusion, my passion for the arts is deeply intertwined with my aspiration to create a better world. By utilizing my graphic design and photography skills, I aim to inspire, challenge, and evoke a spectrum of emotions in my audience, ultimately using my art to promote a more empathetic, aware, and united global community. My journey is a testament to the transformative power of art, and I am committed to contributing to a legacy that encourages others to see the beauty in themselves, in others, and in the world we all share.
    William A. Stuart Dream Scholarship
    As a young Black woman, standing on the edge of a significant life transition, I am filled with an array of dreams and aspirations, particularly in the realm of education and career. Currently, as a senior in high school, my immediate goal is to graduate and pursue a major in graphic design. This passion of mine is not just a fleeting interest, but a deep-seated desire to shape the world through visual storytelling, bringing to life the vibrant narratives that dwell within my community and beyond. My educational journey, however, is fraught with financial hurdles that often seem insurmountable. The financial assistance this scholarship offers would not merely ease the monetary burden; it would propel me towards my educational and career goals with a vigor that might otherwise be lessened by financial strain. It would enable me to attend a university that offers a great graphic design program, where I can hone my skills, refine my artistic vision, and emerge as a confident, young designer ready to make her mark. I envision using this scholarship to not only cover tuition fees but also to invest in resources that would enhance my learning experience – be it software, books, or attending workshops that offer a deeper dive into the topic of design. Moreover, securing this scholarship would amplify my resolve to excel academically. Knowing that I have the backing of a supportive entity would instill in me a greater sense of responsibility to uphold high standards in my academic pursuits. It's about more than just financial assistance; it's a vote of confidence in my capabilities and my future, which to me is invaluable. Ultimately, my goal extends beyond achieving personal success. I aim to utilize my skills in graphic design to give back to my community, to elevate voices that are often marginalized, and to create impactful, meaningful work that bridges gaps and fosters understanding. I also do photography, where I’d be using those skills to elevate my work. This scholarship is a crucial stepping stone toward reaching those expansive goals. It represents an opportunity to broaden my educational horizons, reduce the financial barriers that stand in my way, and set me on a path to making a tangible difference through my chosen career. I am determined to reach these goals, and I understand the importance of hard work, resilience, and seizing every opportunity that comes my way. This scholarship isn't just a means to an end, it's a foundational pillar that will support my journey toward becoming the best version of myself, both as a graphic designer and as a contributing member of society. My name is Alexis Colvin, and with this scholarship, I will turn my dreams into reality.
    Reach For Your Future Scholarship
    Pursing higher education means to me an opportunity out of poverty. I have experienced the rough side of being low-income my whole life, so a chance to change that for not only myself, but for my family, means the world to me. Since having experienced homelessness and loss in my life, I want to pursue a career that can help open society’s eyes more towards funding better organizations for the homeless. I think as a society we tend to overlook how bad the homeless pandemic really is. The social stigma surrounding homelessness is just not true, many believe we ask for this life because we do not want to “work” for a better one, but really in todays society working towards a comfortable life just isn’t as easy as others may think. The amount of people dying due to lack of shelter and food is outrageous, and when you realize how much money politicians are paid a year to run their office, its even more outrageous. I think what fuels my passion and eagerness to change something is the fact that i’m currently experiencing homelessness myself. It is a very isolating feeling knowing you might not have somewhere to lay your head tomorrow. Fortunately for me, I have family friends that have the means to help me through this rough time. Going to University is really my only opportunity to become financially stable in the future. So winning this scholarship not only will help push me in the direction of where I need to be, but it will aid me in not going into debt at a young age. As a citizen of the United States we all deserve the fair opportunity of financial freedom, even though many do not receive it. So as an educated, bi-racial, American women, I will seek out every opportunity I have and take it with no hesitation. A lot of kids my age don’t realize their potential so they never seek it out. Being apart of the minority and not ever having as much as others can box so many people into the idea that we can’t go as far as we dream. Me personally, I understand the infinite amount of options I have and I am completely willing to take them all, this being one of them. So please consider my application with full belief that you will one day see me fighting for the injustices of others.