2022 Scholarship 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.

Anaís Bautista

Graduated from Woodland senior high school in June 2022 and plans to attend the University of San Francisco with a double major in Advertising and Spanish studies

Ever since I was young I could always be found doing any sort of art project. And those same habits stuck with me even now; doing both digital and traditional art whenever I can.  Coming up with ideas in my head and trying to recreate what I imagined into real life is always a lot of fun and something I really enjoy.  Making things that are visually appealing to not only myself but others is something I want to continue doing.  And with that I decided to go into advertising. To have something I designed be seen by many would be amazing and not only that it’d be something I’d be incorporating something I love doing

My career goal is to work within the film industry as a costume designer. When I was a child, I spent every moment I could making art. I sculpted, painted, drew, and taught myself how to sew. I absolutely felll in love with sewing. To me, it feels like a meditation and if I could make clothing all day I would! My love drove me to seek every creative opportunity that I could. In middle school I began modeling so that I could be around designers and learn more about the clothing industry. In high school, I fixed/altered costumes ultimately leading the costume department for the theater productions at school. The summer of 2020 I had planned on taking free design and textile classes at the SanFrancisco Art Institute but unfortunately Covid led them to be canceled. I however, made the best out of the pandemic and used the time at home to improve my skills. Everyday I spent hours sewing, sketching designs, and making my own patterns. Since then I have combined my passion for sewing with my passion for sustainability. The fabric I use now is mostly cut from clothes or sheets I thrift. To influence less waste, I work with the clothing sustainability club, teaching peers how to revive and alter clothes we already have instead of throwing them away. I am happiest when designing clothing and I cannot wait to learn how to turn my passion into a career. 

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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

Kira Burgess

​Graduated from St. Helena High School in June 2022.

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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