While a career in 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 staggering student 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.