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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Mikayla Ford
My name is Mikayla Ford and I am a rising junior at Elon University. I am pursuing a degree in communication design because I have a passion for using creative thinking to solve problems. I love seeing ideas evolve from concepts and sketches to being placed in the real world. 

I first heard about TLF from a fellow Elon student. I decided to apply to the scholarship because I felt that the foundation’s mission aligned with my values regarding diversifying the advertising industry and supporting minorities in different industries. 

The LAGRANT Foundation is action-oriented and goal-focused that is why I strongly believe in its mission. The LAGRANT Foundation provides professional and financial support to students so that we can have the skills/tools we need to confidently enter the workforce. 

With this scholarship, I am now able to continue my pursuit of my bachelor’s degree while also having the opportunity to study abroad so that I may broaden my perspectives and become immersed in another culture.

Once I earn my degree, I hope to work as a creative strategist at an advertising agency and ultimately work as a design thinking consultant. I want to pursue these goals because I believe that human-centered approaches to strategizing and designing are essential for being innovative. Bringing diversity into advertising is important because advertising is worldwide and it needs to be sensitive to all races, ethnicities, and cultures.

Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to continue to stay involved with TLF because of the connections you make with the people who work with the foundation. There is not another foundation or organization like it. The LAGRANT Foundation really cares about the students and the people they work with.

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