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The art of drag has inspired my aesthetic and influenced my identity in so many beautiful ways. I was introduced to drag through RuPaul’s Drag Race, as is the case for most people. That was the first time I had ever seen people play with gender and bend conventional notions of gender presentation. Watching these beautiful, funny people be praised for their ability to break the rules resonated with me. One of these people was Violet Chachki, winner of season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Violet’s eye for fashion and intense self confidence inspired me to explore and develop my own aesthetic. Fashion has become such an integral part of my life, and Violet Chachki played a huge role in that. I also think now more than ever is a perfect time to celebrate members of the LGBT community and drag artists, especially considering this year’s Met Gala. This year’s theme for the Met Gala was camp, a concept that is intertwined with LGBT fashion and art. With that, drag queens were invited to attend the Met Gala for the first time in history. One of these queens was Violet Chachki, so it seemed appropriate to celebrate them. I like to think that winning this scholarship has nothing to do with me, instead I consider it a celebration of LGBT artists. Still, I am incredibly thankful for winning this scholarship. It will be incredibly helpful in forwarding my education as an artist and art historian. I hope use my education and privileges as a straight, ciswoman to continue this trend of raising the status of LGBT art.
– Lauren B.
I’ve been told by family members that my charming demeanor and childlike behavior remind them of Audrey Hepburn. Like Audrey, my family has always been an important part of my life. I didn’t want to burden them with my educational expenses, so I’ve been trying to find ways to pay for it myself. By receiving the generous Celebrity Scholarship, my financial burdens will be lightened which would allow me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. I’m studying animation and my short-term educational goal is to transfer from Trident Technical College to University of South Carolina Beaufort in the fall. The scholarship award will only push me further towards my animation degree and my dreams of one day having a successful career as a 3D artist. A big dream of mine is to one day work for a major animated feature film company like Pixar, Disney, or DreamWorks. As a child, and still to this day, I loved watching movies like Finding Nemo, Rango, and Monsters Inc. I would love to help create something similar to the films that inspired me to want to become a 3D artist. I am so thankful to be awarded this scholarship which will help pay for my academic expenses and allow me the opportunity to make the most out of my time at the USCB.
– Bryanna C.
Since this year is the final half of my senior year of high school, I had to deal with the obligatory onslaught of scholarships coming my way. I came across this one through a scholarship searching website, and knew that I had quite a few celebrities of sorts whom I’ve impersonated over the years. Of the ones I’ve impersonated, I went with the legendary frontman, singer, and pianist of Queen, Freddie Mercury. I became a fan of Queen’s a few years ago when I had first came across the original version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and I became hooked onto their music from then on. I decided to dress up as Freddie Mercury for one Halloween because I enjoy the impact he and his fellow bandmates made on the music world, and I could see a little bit of myself in his character – in that he and I are both extremely expressive through our creative outlets of choice. I believe Freddie to be the finest vocalist this planet has ever seen, and I believe that his musical legacy will continue to live on for centuries after his untimely passing – including through me. Thank you, Celebrity Scholarship, for this opportunity!
Searching for scholarships has been a hassle lately but then I came across celebrity scholarships which didn’t have strict regulations or essays but the sole purpose of just imitating a celebrity, which I thought was cool that you could get a scholarship just for dressing up as someone. Luckily during the time, I applied for this scholarship was when I was obsessed with the Disney movie Coco. I loved seeing my culture being represented in a cute Pixar film. I was immensely touched with storyline and the main character Miguel. So ultimately when I saw this scholarship I knew exactly who I was going to impersonate. Both me and Miguel are just young people trying to chase after our dreams and with this scholarship, I’ll be able to do that. I am very grateful and thankful to Celebrity Scholarships for making me one step closer to that dream.
– Tamia W.
— Shelby W.
When searching for scholarships, “Celebrity Scholarship” caught my attention. I thought it was a unique idea for a scholarship, so I decided to send my photos. I take pride on having Mexican blood within myself, that is why I decided to impersonate the famous artist, Frida Kahlo. Frida is known worldwide not only for her talent but by her clever paintings, since they are not only multiple self-portraits, but even a somewhat diary of her own: Portraying on these, her emotions and pain that came from a toxic relationship and a tragic almost deathly accident. Frida Kahlo is not only famous for her talent, she is known also for what she stands for as a woman. She is seen as a feminist icon because she did not follow the beauty standards of her time, instead she decided to be who she was and not give in her own unique beauty. Thank you so much, Celebrity Scholarship, for giving me this scholarship, while I had fun honoring one of my icons, but also my roots.
— Maria F.
I dance to be free, whether it be in a studio, on a stage, or even between aisles at a supermarket. Since the age of six, I have dedicated late nights, long weekends, and precious holidays to accumulate a wide variety of techniques. Misty Copeland is one of my many inspirations. To be a ballerina like her for a day was a dream come true, and I am so thankful that I was chosen to be a scholarship recipient for living a dream. Thanks to Celebrity Scholarship, I have extra money to put towards my college education. I will be majoring in Dance at Fordham University. With the acquired training and knowledge I attain from Fordham, I hope to join a dance company and gain performance, choreography, and teaching experience. Thank you, Celebrity Scholarship for getting me one step closer to my dream.
— Kayla T.
I had a great time putting together the video for Celebrity Scholarship. At first, it was just something fun to do with the possibility of helping me through school. As we worked on the video with the music and interviews and all the takes that didn’t make it, I had more and more fun with it. I thank you for the opportunity to participate in the competition. It blows me away that I won, looking at all of the other entries. The prize will go to a great use in helping me toward an engineering degree at Mississippi State University.
— Ryan Chase A.
I am just a girl with a dream. The dream to become a beloved high school theatre teacher. I started on my journey to achieve that dream last year when I transferred from a community college to a university. It’s been a tough transition. I moved to another state, became fiscally responsible for myself for the first time, and had to adapt to life in a new space. I had been racking my brain, trying to figure out how I was going to pay for my education, housing, food, etc., without going into extreme debt. I decided to look for scholarships online. I started off with the ones that required essays, but that got boring really quick. I found the celebrity scholarship, and I thought it would be fun to enter! I didn’t think I would win, but with the help of my “God given talents”, I did! The reason I chose to portray Gene Simmons is more than just having a long tongue. It makes me think of simpler times when my dad and I would jam out to KISS music in the car. Also, as a theatre education major, I enjoy becoming different characters. Thanks to this scholarship, the financial hardships will be lessened, and I will be one step closer to inspiring students to see the joys of the arts.
— Adrianne L.
Celebrity Scholarship allowed me to be someone different than myself and receive a scholarship for it. Little did I know that three years ago a costume party would allow me to win money for college. Writing essays can be so long and boring, but I was able to show my creative side and Celebrity Scholarship rewarded me for it. Thank you so much, Celebrity Scholarship!
— James S.
Each semester at James Madison University, I have juggled high course loads, extracurricular activities, dance performances, and two jobs to support myself through these wonderful opportunities. While I am extremely grateful for the experiences I have had at JMU, as each semester begins it is very stressful trying to figure out how I can afford to continue my education here. Thanks to the Celebrity Scholarship, I am able to enjoy my Junior year a little bit more as this aid will greatly help me to pay for this upcoming semester. I have completed so many scholarship applications and written so many essays, it was exciting to get to do something fun in hopes of winning aid for college. As you can see in the gallery, I chose to impersonate Emma Watson for this contest. Emma Watson is a great role model for young women, reminding us that we can do anything we set our minds to, whether that be casting spells or graduating from an Ivy League. I would like to thank Miss Watson for being my inspiration for this competition. I would also like to thank the scholarship committee at Celebrity Scholarship for not only granting me this award but also for giving me a reason to stop working for a little while and have fun dressing up! Thanks for everything!
When I saw the Celebrity Impersonation Scholarship, I was so excited because I did not have to write any long, boring essays. Once I began brainstorming for the impersonation video, my sister came up with the idea of impersonating Kim Kardashian as she is a huge fan of her show. So, I got out the black hairspray and got into character! It was such a blast making the video and the more and more we filmed, the more ideas and jokes I came up with. Now I look back on the video and I can not stop laughing.Thanks again Celebrity Scholarship for helping further my college education, this means a lot to me!