2024 Scholarship Award Recipients

2023 Scholarship Award Recipients

Since I was a child the only thing clear to me was my passion for art. I was enthralled with the creativity, beauty and openness of art. I enjoyed all the arts but especially fashion. Within the past few years, I realized that fashion is what I want to pursue. Designing and styling clothing has been my creative outlet and allows me to play with new concepts and create items I am not seeing on the market. Apart from my family, what motivates me to pursue fashion and design as a major is the need for sustainability within the fashion industry. My ultimate goal is to create a platform to show Filipino representation that I don't currently see in the fashion industry. My educational goal is to acquire my bachelor's degree in fashion and design. I plan to complete my general education at Diablo Valley College, then transfer to the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Emiko Leifson

Emiko graduated from DaVinci Charter Academy in Davis in 2022. She currently attends Sacramento City College.

Isabella Maraca

Isabella will graduate from Benicia High School in June 2023. She will be attending Diablo Valley College.

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North Wind Quilters Guild Scholarship Program

The North Wind Quilters Guild Scholarship Program has been developed for the purpose of providing funds to support graduating high school seniors, college students and vocational students from Solano, Yolo and Napa counties who are pursuing a 2-4 year degree or vocational certificate in textiles, design or art.
Up to two $500 scholarships or one $1000 will be awarded each year. Application deadline is February 29, 2024.

For more information please contact Scholarship Chairperson: Leonore Tagudin

Allan Gonzalez Bernal

​Allan is a Senior at St. Helena High School. He plans to attend Santa Rosa Junior College.

Jayden Francisco

Jayden attends and is a  Senior at Angelo Rodriguez High School/Early College High School and Solano Community College. He will be attending a 4 year college in California.

My name is Allan. Growing up in a small town, I had big dreams. The biggest and most desired dream for me, was becoming a Fashion Designer. My passion for fashion only grew throughout the years, my YouTube recommendations are filled with sewing and sketching tutorials. Big movies like the live version of Cruella really inspired and motivated me. The life she got to live, her creative designs made her someone to remember. I wanted to be just like her. However, I never felt like I was good enough to pursue a career in fashion, so I never even gave myself a chance to explore the career field. During 2020, when schools shut down, I was at home thinking about how my life would look like being a Senior in high school with all the problems the world was facing. Having all the time in the world, I seized the opportunity and picked up a sketchbook. I looked up, "How to draw models". I felt so determined at that moment, I wanted to succeed, I knew if I just put in some effort, I could make it. One promise I made to myself was that I would get to live the life I wanted. I can now envision myself and my future, walking into work knowing I earned that position to be a designer. My priorities changed as I got older. I am 18 soon, I am no longer a child. I am determined to succeed.

Growing up, I have always been captivated by the fantastic worlds projected on the big screen, idolizing superheroes, secret agents, and other heroes. However, I was perpetually bothered that I could not truly envision myself as one of those characters. More often than not, these heroes were pale, white men and women, a fact that silently excluded me and all other Asian Americans from the big screen. By pursuing a bachelor's degree in Film and Television Production, I plan to reflect our diverse world properly in film.

While the goal of increasing Asian representation in cinema is crucial to me, I also know that for many minorities, representation of their cultures is just as important. I will not only build support for Asians in cinema but also build a platform for other cultures so that they too can be presented in a respectful and honorable manner.

I have also had an interest in fashion and design. I plan to take this interest into my major by learning about the history of fashion and costume design in cinema. I have begun developing my experience in this field by repurposing used clothing, designing a tote bag, and sewing a stuffed animal. This interest will help me visualize the importance of clothing and costume design in cinema.

Through my art, I will bring representation both behind and in front of the camera using my university experience, supported by a scholarship, to facilitate future generations of kids, like me, to envision themselves as heroes.

I express myself through fashion and clothes. When I wear a well constructed outfit or an outfit that feels cool or unique, it makes me feel beautiful and ecstatic about myself. Fashion is how I got into sewing. I learned to sew the summer before 7th grade. My grandmother taught me how to make a coat and I have been sewing ever since.

My goal is to become better at sewing. I want to hone my craft to the best it can be so I can become an independent designer making formal wear and/or costumes by getting a masters at UC Davis. I am also open to becoming a costume designer for theater or film.

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