I first heard about TLF through searching for scholarship opportunities supporting minority advancement in the advertising industry, so it was natural that I applied when I saw the positive things they were doing to create that space for opportunity. Applying to this scholarship was important for me because it aligned with my vision of learning through networking and accessible resources. I believe in TLF’s mission because people of color have a significant impact on industries today and it is important to create leaders who can carry those innovations forward. With this scholarship, I am now able to supplement my education by paying for classes that will help expand my understanding of communications.
Once I earn my degree, I hope to better my community with what I have learned and go on to find my place in a career that I love. It has always been a dream of mine to open my own agency, so it will take doing the groundwork to build that dream into a reality. Diversity and inclusion is important now more than ever because businesses often benefit from the culture and service of ethnic minorities without regard to respecting their experiences, and I want to help change that narrative. Our voices are valid and valuable.
Beyond receiving the scholarship, I want to continue to stay involved with TLF because the network is inclusive and supportive. The work The LAGRANT Foundation is doing is important because it is invigorating the next generation of leaders.
I thank TLF for helping me better myself and the communities around me.