Huntington Bank Awards Student at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design for Community Service
This scholarship was open to a current student, enrolled for summer at the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. Students were to be actively involved within their community by participating in community related projects and/or extracurricular activities offered at VMCAD, while maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above in their course of study. The student also needed to demonstrate a financial need by Pell eligibility.
The Scholarship Committee consisted of five individuals not connected with the student body. Two individuals sit on the Board of the Virginia Marti College Foundation, Two are employees of Huntington Bank and one is an employee of American Limousine Service, located in Lakewood, Ohio.
The winner of this scholarship went to Interior Design student; Maryann McKenney. Maryann was awarded $1500, which was given to the financial aid department in June 2011 to be applied to her tuition cost.
Maryann stated that this scholarship would help her obtain her dream of completing school while also allowing her to devote time into the community. “Being someone who thinks different than most, I urn to invest my talents and resources where I reside. Caring about the world we live in, I would be grateful for the opportunity to give back.” Maryann also indicated in her application that helping someone less fortunate than yourself will show you all that you have to be thankful for, things you may have forgotten about. “Volunteering helps you to slow down and appreciate life.”
The community projects that Maryann participated in were as follows:
A rendering for Lee Meier Interiors that was displayed for the duration of 2011’s Home & Garden Show. This rendering helped Lee Meir better explain to guests what was offered within their space.
She also assisted in the Asian Town Center Project by creating a design concept. Her purpose was to help owners of the complex occupy a large vacant space within the shopping center. The design concept consisted of, a space plan, fabric, paint selections, custom lighting fixtures and furniture ideas inside the space.
To benefit the Brunswick Arch Project, Maryann volunteered her time and participated in the ‘Dream, Design and Donate Gala’ produced in the summer of 2010, by Justice & Company a masonry, materials and supplies company, located in Brunswick, Ohio. She completed a space plan as well as worked with a peer to assemble material boards using materials from Justice & Company.
Maryann also assisted at the Ohio Design Center, located in Beachwood, Ohio with the 2010 fall display window. She worked alongside fellow students to create a fresh new fall ensemble. It was a design that would inspire potential clients walking into the center during the fall open house.
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