Past Scholarship and Fellowship Projects

    Past Lazarus Foundation Scholarship Projects



    Class of 2007, Illustration

    Posters for SPCA
    Emily Gross is a student who is mostly involved in volunteerism through REACH (Ringling Educating about Campus Health), the peer educator group on campus. In her second year at the Ringling College, Emily received a Lazarus Foundation scholarship to bring toy and treat baskets to children that are neighbors to the institution.  The next year, Emily proposed to teach children about animals in need and about responsible animal care. After instructing young artists how to draw the animal of their choice, her goal was to use their artwork to design posters that feature the pets that will be printed for the adoption center. 


    Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

    Alaina Miller has shown a concern and commitment to the community since her first days at the Ringling College.  For her first Lazarus Foundation Scholarship in her first year at the Ringling College, she designed a weekly program that would teach the children at the SPARCC shelter different skills and activities.  In this program, the children could earn “badges” for completing a task, similar to the system implemented in the Girl Scouts. She plans to do a variety of activities from arts and crafts, music and cooking, to science and other educational activities.  Her goal was to create an extracurricular program in which these children from broken families can participate.

    Teaching at Girl's Inc.

    In her next year, Alaina proposed to continue to volunteer at Girl’s Inc., a facility with which she had been volunteering for several months.  She became involved with their art program and noticed the girls expressed particular interest when she drew animated characters of animals and people.  She gave them more formal instruction in cartooning on a weekly basis.


    Class of 2006, Illustration

    Kaylene Simmons, Illustration ’06, was an active volunteer at Boys and Girls Club and continually involved other Ringling College students in her volunteer endeavors.  She saw the need for volunteers at the Club and proposed a scheduled project that brought more volunteers on a regular basis. She has continued her commitment to the Boys and Girls Club by scheduling and coordinating the  Annual Trick Art Treat event, a safe Halloween party for youth on the Ringling College campus.  She proposed to bring a unique artistic experience to these youth.  She brought young artists from the Boys and Girls Clubs to Splatters, where they painted their own ceramic pieces.   These pieces were fired on the premises and brought back for the children to keep.

    Girl Scouts Spend the Night at the Ringling College
    In her fourth year at the Ringling College, Kaylene came up with another proposal for this scholarship. In the spring semester, she planned an overnight party for the Girl Scouts of Newtown.  By enlisting the help of her sorority sisters in Sigma Sigma Sigma, she will be involved sixteen other Ringling College students in this event that Kaylene says is about the Girl Scouts making connections with a group that cares about them.   This event took place on March 17, 2006 and was a great success!


    JUDITH UMANA- Founder of Literacy Program

    Class of 2005, Illustration

    English Tutoring for Spanish-Speaking Parents

    Judith Umana started the literacy program for children at the Newtown Community Center. She and the other volunteers noticed that many of the children had difficulties with school assignments because their parents did not speak English and, therefore were not able to help their children with homework assignments. She taught English to eight Hispanic women on a weekly basis and arranged for them to do special activities like visiting the Ringling Museum.  In doing this, the students were exposed to the language in different situations and places.

    Class of 2005, Illustration

    A Play for Emma E. Booker
    Sid Watters was involved with the Newtown Literacy Program since its start in 2003. In the fall of ‘04, with the help of Sid’s fraternity brothers, he and the other student coordinators wrote and performed a new version of Snow White for children at the Newtown Community Center. The purpose of the play was to reinforce the Literacy Program and its goals.

    Illustration/ Literacy Project

    Sid Watters was inspired to do this project because of his earlier involvement in the Newtown Literacy Program. He found that many of the children had an interest in art and had a lot of questions about what he did as an artist in art college. Also, in many activities the children participated in, the group read stories and each child had to elaborate or continue the stories in their own way. Their enthusiasm and creativity in these games gave him the idea to begin a program based on the children illustrating stories already existing, and those they created.  The program began with exercises that planned to get the children practicing reading segments of stories and describing them visually. They did brainstorming activities about what kind of stories each child wanted to write. Along with drawing out their stories, children were provided with paint to bring their characters to life through color. The final project was to take The Tale of Peter Rabbit and have each child illustrate two pages of the story. They, along with student volunteers, wrote the lines of text on the bottom of large pieces of paper and the children filled the composition with their interpretation of the two sentences on their page. The thirty-two pages were collected and bound and document the experience for the children.