Isaac Yunhu Lee Memorial Arts Scholarship

Funded by
Lee Family
Learn more about the Donor
$12,000
1 winner$12,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Apr 14, 2022
Winners Announced
May 10, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school junior or senior, undergraduate
Background:
Low-income
Major:
Arts
Education Level:
Background:
Major:
High school junior or senior, undergraduate
Low-income
Arts

Abstract artist Pablo Picasso once said, “every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Being an artist can take on many different forms, and humans are unique in their ability to create original ideas and art that contributes something to the world. The Isaac Lee Memorial Arts Scholarship looks to provide funding to a student taking the next step in their artistic journey by going to art school. 

Low-income students in their junior and senior years of high school or in undergraduate school are eligible to apply if they are planning to attend or are currently attending art school. To apply, please write about a favorite piece of art you've created and what inspired its creation.

Published December 8, 2021
$12,000
1 winner$12,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Application Deadline
Apr 14, 2022
Winners Announced
May 10, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please attach an image of a favorite piece of art you've created and write about what inspired its creation.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Nadeige Fontaine
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoSan Antonio, TX
I've included in this submission a drawing of the character I used to play in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. I don't remember how long it took for me to finish it, and it is certainly not my most extravagant piece ever. All I know is the process behind it brought the most joy I've experienced in a while, and it's a piece I'm proud of. Firstly, I was inspired by the fun I've had being surrounded by my new college friends as we embarked on an epic quest of fantasy and adventure. Every Friday we would meet in my little dorm and sit crammed at my work table, throw dice, and laugh the night away. Having just moved to a new city far from home, I was struck with loneliness and feared making friends wouldn't be easy. Fortunately, I finally found a group of people with the same nerdy interests as me, and we seemed to click immediately. Our imaginative minds with our knack for acting (good or bad) and the bond we've established truly made the night magical. The life we gave our characters could not be ignored, and I would sketch them out regularly, especially my own since I knew her the best. I gave her the name Runeah. I am a cartoonist, and I go to school for comics and animation, so I spend a lot of time on character design for my studies. On a day I wasn't swamped with school work, I remember feeling the urge to redesign Runeah. I've been drawing her a certain way for a while until I've realized maybe it's time for a revamp. I was just shooting for a quick sketch to get some ideas I had about her design on my Ipad, but as I've sketched, I've noticed a change in my art. Months of figure drawing class has brought a significant improvement in how I draw anatomy. She looked stronger with much better proportions. I was shocked to see what my hand had created subconsciously. This was invigorating, and I wanted to see how much farther I could push this sketch. I decided to line and color the doodle, and it turned out better than I expected. However, when I saw Runeah in her completion, the blank canvas behind her was concerning. I couldn't just leave her there. I created her to be a fearsome ranger who knew the enchanted forests like the back of her hand. I had to put her in her element... only I've never been good at drawing environments. With a deep breath, I remember an important lesson from my core studies class: Never be afraid to try something new. You may be surprised by the results and above all, it's a learning experience. I know I'm not the best at drawing forest environments, but for the sake of the momentum I had going on, I was more than happy to try. So I've searched for references, found tutorials, tried brushed I've never touched before, drew, erased, and drew some more until I have constructed a decent-looking woodland scene to place Runeah in. The piece was done. I sat back in amazement. This didn't look like anything I've drawn before. For the first time in a while, I have seen my growth as an artist. With the great times I've had with my friends and the art-making process that inspired itself, a revolutionary piece was made that marked a new era of art-making for me. I'm excited to see how my art continues to grow, keeping fun and learning in mind.

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When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 14, 2022. Winners will be announced on May 10, 2022.

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