Free Your Star Foundation will offer another scholarship opportunity in the fall of 2013 for any college student currently studying fashion, film, photography or journalism.
Free Your Star Foundation aims to change the face of fashion, film, photography, music and journalism industries by being a fiscal and mentor resource for urban youth and women. Partnering with credible professionals the Foundation will offer scholarship recipients first-hand experience through structured internship programs. In addition the Foundation will offer grants to Fashion Designers, Documentarians and Photo Journalists working towards the same cause.
$800 Books and Supplies scholarship for a high school senior accepted into an undergraduate program with a focus on fashion, journalism, photography, or film industries.
We were impressed with Samantha’s powerful writing and clear vision about how she will be successful in fashion and give back to her community. During the school year Samantha excels in all her classes while maintaining two jobs!
Please read an excerpt from her moving essay:
“In a world where material things have become more important to us than family, self worth, and productivity, it seems almost impossible to find new ways to give back rather than spend on ourselves. Fashion students, like myself, have a reputation in today’s society as being self obsessed, high maintenance, or brought up by wealthy families, but what if this was wrong? While there will always be fashion students who can live up to this reputation, there are others like myself that wish to turn this stigma around.
As I make my way into the fashion industry searching for the right career, I realize that I want to make retail worth more than just high profits, pretty things, and beautiful people selling them to you. I have steered away from commercialism and the corporate world in hopes to contribute to this world using what I love while creating a new positive reputation for students heading into the fashion industry. However, to do so, I believe we have to use materialism to our advantage, by bringing back the passion, tradition, and care and putting it into every piece of material we give to this world.”
Free Your Star awarded Samantha with $300 and a new HP laptop mini.
The Free Your Star Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to LIM College student Roann Naimah Bennet. Naimah received the scholarship after wowing us with her drive and clear vision of how to help teens within her community.
Brooklyn-born Naimah has an impressive background -- graduating from high school among the top of her class, being accepted into a coveted NYSE mentorship program, and pursuing her dreams by leaving a career in banking to becoming an independent college student studying the business of fashion. And she did all of this as a single parent to two sons.
In addition to the scholarship funds, The Free Your Star Foundation is giving Naimah a chance to be mentored by their executive team, and to herself become a mentor to high school students. Naimah is a Fashion Merchandising major and expects to graduate in 2013.
Raised in the city of Baltimore, MD by the late Lucretia Wesbrook, Shean England is a dedicated, persistent and optimistic leader of tomorrow. Shean, an LIM College student studying Marketing with a concentration in Event Planning. His dream is to have a career in the area of Public Relations. To fuel his passion for the PR industry.
Shean’s resume includes: assistant of a designer in Baltimore, MD, Bloomingdales Public Relations department and completed Nordstrom internship program. Sleep is the least bit of Shean’s worries, for his friends call him an organized workaholic. Shean is aware of the importance of hard work, optimism and perseverance, which is why he will continue to absorb knowledge in order to become an important figure in the lives of urban youth through Free Your Star Mentorship programs.
Free Your Star awarded Shean with $500 and a $300 scholarship throughout his educational career at LIM College