I graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Global Business in December of 2012. My specialty is Modernism and 20th Century Design. My studies also include graduation from the Wolff Center of Entrepreneurship at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
For the last three years, I have been working in the hospitality industry in Houston while I interned with nonprofits in the arts community. One goal was realized when I accepted a position at The Menil Collection as a Membership Attendant and Receptionist. The Menil Collection is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality and depth of its art collection and for the beautiful building designed by Renzo Piano. The Menil produces stimulating, focused exhibitions and is known for the quality of its scholarly publications. Arguably, it is the most important privately assembled collection of the 20th Century.
As of April 30, I have been accepted into Sotheby’s Institute of Art, M.A. Fine and Decorative Arts program, London. This program is the most sought after because it leads globally in connoisseurship training. It focuses on Old Master paintings, Modernism, furniture and ceramics from the Renaissance to the present. Studying abroad is a step on my career path that will greatly enhance my employment opportunities and give me the means to give back.
The total cost of the Fine and Decorative Arts program is $39,400. I’m applying to the Sotheby’s Institute Grants and Merit Awards. This institutional financial assistance, in the form of partial-tuition awards, is intended to provide assistance to students in paying their tuition and fees; it will not fully fund the cost of attending. Both financial need and academic merit will be taken into account by the Committee on Financial Assistance. Financial need will be weighted more heavily in the determination of grants while academic merit/professional accomplishment will receive more emphasis for merit awards. All three in my family have agreed to take a government job for a month to contribute to my tuition and fees.
1. The first installment is due to the University by July 31st of $17,025. I’m forecasting my family will have about $5,000-$7,000 to contribute by the date of the first installment. Which leaves roughly $10-12,000 for July 31st payment.
2. The next installment of $15,300 is due by November 30th. By this time the Sotheby’s Institute Awards Grant should be dispersed and due to the need that will be shown through supporting banking documents, I estimate 10% of the costs of tuition which is $4,000 will be granted.
3. There is an additional $6,000 that is needed by May 1st of 2015, and my family will be working additional job to try to meet that amount.
The name of Sotheby’s and Manchester University are both names that can easily be leveraged when I seek to further my career which involve a vision to save or rekindle the uniquely human gifts and abilities of the disadvantaged youth in my community utilizing education, faith, and fine arts.
I appreciate any sponsorship support given.
With Hope I am,