While a career in the arts is something she has always strived for, Shelby is aware of the struggle that young artists often face when trying to make a name for themselves in a competitive industry.
“Everyone has heard of the term ‘starving artist’,” she says. “Unlike other professions, career options with a fine arts degree can be uncertain and quite limited.”
Determined to complete her undergraduate degree without the debt that plagues many of her peers, Shelby relied heavily on donor support throughout her five years at university.
“The number of awards gifted to me throughout the years have allowed me to spend less time at my part-time job and more time devoted to my studies and studio practice.”
Thanks to her hard work, talent and passion, Shelby is no stranger to scholarships and awards and has benefited immensely from their impact. Shelby credits the Elizabeth Evelyn Schollie Scholarship specifically, an award she received two years in a row. This fund was established through a gift that the late George Paterson Schollie left in his Will to honour his daughter.
The Elizabeth Evelyn Schollie Scholarship provides funding for Fine Arts students, with preference given to students engaged in the study of painting.
Receiving this award in both 2014 and 2015 has allowed Shelby the opportunity to invest more time in her work and focus on her grades. “As an artist, the number of scholarships on my CV will hold great weight in my future,” she says, with gratitude.
“Having won these awards will give me a wider range of options when I pursue graduate school and career opportunities, as they allow me to be seen as an artist worth investing in.”
“Winning these awards has obvious financial benefits,” Shelby says. “But there is also a lot of self-satisfaction and motivation that comes with winning them too. Knowing these awards were available, pushed me to work harder and not give up.” Now that she has graduated, Shelby will employ the same ‘work hard’ philosophy as she starts her career as an artist.
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