At first I wanted this to be very under the radar. After reading the response I got to my e-mail, I hope everyone realizes why I posted this on the internet.
I sent this : Mr. Clisham-
I am very interested in starting a fine arts scholarship of my own to be given to someone in the Wakefield Community. I’d love to work with Ms. Davidson and Mr. Willmore in establishing this fund because in going to the Corcoran I understand how important the arts are, how often they are overlooked, and how ridiculously expensive it is to pursue the ever risky career in the arts. I know there is already so-called “fine arts” scholarship that I myself actually received, but I’m very disappointed at how it was allotted. I know its none of my business about who got what and why they did so, but I want to have full discretion over my own scholarship fund and choose someone who will actually receive a Fine Arts degree, or at least be attending an art-focused college or program.
I honestly got zero help in the way of scholarships at Wakefield, only receiving $500 for a school that would cost about $25,000 a year. That really doesn’t even put a dent in it, and honestly that didn’t even pay for one semester worth of photography supplies. I got pretty much ignored due to a very petty and unprofessional handling of a situation in which I happened to hurt a students’ feelings after my father was brutally murdered. I was disgusted at how it was handled, and as a result I was punished. I was essentially uninvited from college visits, and when I went to Doris Jackson with this issue and she told me to meet with you, you seemed genuinely uninterested. I was pretty much under the assumption that I couldn’t get any scholarships because I didn’t do community service or have the best gpa, but after watching some of the scholarships given to good friends this year, I realize that I was really thrown to the wayside. I’m still very upset about how everything was handled, and it reflects very poorly. It’s clear who the favorite students were seeing as how they got multiple scholarship awards, whereas those, like myself, who could’ve easily benefitted and also easily received some of the lesser-known scholarships, were completely ignored.
That being said, I completely plan on starting my own fund for which I will no doubt have the money. I hope to aid one or more students who have a huge passion for the arts and are not within reach financially of their goals. I know several people who have made the decision not to go to their dream college simply because of funds. I hope to make a difference in their lives and help them afford supplies at the least, and tuition at the most.
And recieved THIS bull in return:
Dear Ms. Carpenter,
Perhaps its this kind of attitude that kept you from winning more scholarship money.
Words do not even describe how furious I am right now. I think he just proved my point.
I'm tired of the same people getting the same scholarships
College is really expensive.
Now that the obvious is stated, I’m so tired of the same uppity whiny people getting all of the money to pursue their dreams. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always so very excited when people (such as Daniel, CONGRATS AGAIN!!!) get awesome scholarships because they are genuinely good at what they do, but when people who really truly need it get pushed aside for certain counselor’s favorite people, thats where I have an issue.
I got a grand total of $500 from my high school. To attend the Corcoran. Another girl got the same $500 to attend Juilliard. I know people who have had to turn down MICA and SAIC and other similar institutions because it’s just so overwhelmingly expensive.
That being said, I’m starting my own fine arts scholarship fund at Wakefield High School where I will have discretion over who gets the money. I promise you it will not be the rich white kids who play poor, it will be the kids who are overshadowed because they spend all their time in the art studios.
Thank you for inspiring me with your lack of professionalism, Wakefield.