Home décor brand MacKenzie-Childs has selected the five winners of its inaugural MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design.
Recognizing the importance of education, MacKenzie-Childs launched the scholarship program to help Black students pursuing their future careers in the arts and design. Students had to submit an essay about where they find inspiration for their art and creativity and how they see that shaping their future. The winners are: Guidance Gunundu, Tai Campbell, Amuri Morris, Javier Evans and Temesgen Besha. They will each be awarded $5,000 to put towards higher education.
MackKenzie-Childs believes design impacts almost everything around us and it should thrive in nontraditional forms, it said. The newly dubbed “MacKenzie-Childs Scholars” work across, and find inspiration in, a number of unique platforms and fields, from film and fine art to engineering.
Each MacKenzie-Childs Scholar shared a quote about what design means to them:
- Gunundu: “Design empowers me to tell my story in a uniquely visual way. It inspires me to empower generations and effectively depict my history, culture, surroundings and my creativity.”
- Campbell: “Design is one of the only things that allows me to freely express myself. It inspires me to use creativity not only as an outlet but as a vessel for change. I can say confidently that design, and art in general, have changed my life for the better.”
- Morris: “Design inspires me to build the bridge between reality and the imaginary.”
- Evans: “The quote by Torrie T. Asai that ‘Creativity is nothing but a mind set free’ resonates with me in that until you act upon your thoughts and let your mind go nothing will ever come from those ideas and thoughts.”
- Besha: “Art has always been a big part of who I am and it is something I deeply value.”
“MacKenzie-Childs believes that design is the very heartbeat of our company and that creating opportunities in the field of design is essential to our heritage and the future of design in all its forms,” says Rebecca Proctor, creative director, and chief brand officer at MacKenzie-Childs. “This annual scholarship is intended to help Black youth and empower them to pursue careers in these all-important fields.”
John Ling, CEO, adds, “We are very pleased to be in a position to help these young adults pursue their dreams in fields that will improve their lives and society as a whole.”
Submissions for next year’s MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design, due on June 30, will be available through The University Network, a complete resource platform that helps high school seniors and enrolled college students connect with scholarship opportunities for higher education and beyond.