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TLF 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient Payton Campbell
My name is Payton Campbell and I am from Houston, Texas. I am a graphic design major at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an entrepreneurship minor at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. I became a graphic design major because I want to help produce a more powerful visual representation of people of color in America. 

I first heard about TLF through the career development center at my school. I applied to the scholarship because I was drawn to the foundation’s mission of assisting high achieving students and media professionals in the industry through scholarships, internship and job placement, and career development workshops, and more. 

After earning my degree, I plan to work in brand management and help start-up companies build brands that are more visually inclusive, diverse, and accessible.  

Bringing diversity into my field of work is important because design can be powerfully used to help change the perception of minorities in society. Oftentimes, people of color are rarely given the proper resources or platform to share their own narrative, so I want to help ensure that they are accurately represented in the design industry. 

I plan to stay involved with TLF because I appreciate the work they do to provide access and opportunities to people of color in the communications industry. The foundation’s programming, wide network, and resources will definitely help to further me in my career. This scholarship will help fund my educational expenses as I enter into my senior year of undergrad. 

I thank my family, friends, and mentors for their continuous support and prayers throughout my academic journey. Their motivation and belief in my talents always push me to go farther and achieve more than I ever thought possible.

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