Awarding scholarships is an annual highlight for both the Foundation and our application reviewers, who share how inspired they are by these young people. This year, we were honored to connect a reviewer and student through their shared passion for writing.
Lois Hart has been reviewing Foundation scholarship applications the past four years, and while evaluating this year’s batch for the Charmayne Gooch Arts Scholarship, she became especially interested in learning more about Emma Cailene. Lois is an author of 23 books, and felt a kinship with Emma, who has already written two novels, even though she just graduated from high school. Lois is passionate about mentorship, and she asked the Foundation to facilitate contact with Emma and her mother. The three of them met in person earlier this summer and have begun a relationship.
I’ve always believed words have the power to change us. Through the 1,000+ books I’ve read in the last five years, I’ve fought villains, saved worlds, and loved heroes. I’m more than a girl; I’m every book I’ve ever read. Through fiction, I’ve defined my core values and developed a compassion for people of all backgrounds. Reading is magical—and so is writing.
~ Emma Cailene, recipient of four Community Foundation scholarships
“Lois has been so wonderfully encouraging and supportive as a mentor, coaching me not only on how to get my novels published, but also on public speaking and confidence,” Emma shared. “It means the world to me.”
Lois added, “My role as a scholarship reviewer resulted in an opportunity to coach a very talented candidate.”
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