Ashley Spears Art Scholarship Fund

The Problem

The Ashley Spears Art Scholarship Fund was formed in 2006 by Terry and Ashley Spears in order to help keep art in needy schools. All monies are raised in two forms: private donations and donations for charcoal portraits done by Ashley. Ashley began doing charcoal portraits of children for free in 2004 at the Great Gulfcoast Art Festival in Pensacola, Florida, where she draws between 300 and 400 children in 3 days taking only 2 to 3 minutes for each sketch. Just last year dd she begin collecting donations to this fund. She draws portraits at all sorts of events and places now. Last year a total of $1400 was raised and was used to purchase art supplies for Hancock high school in Waveland, Mississippi, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Last year, she was featured in the May edition of CosmoGirl for her efforts. This year approximately $1200 has been raised so far, but the goal is $3000, with $1500 going to buy art supplies for Enterprise high school or Enterprise, Alabama (ravaged by tornadoes, several students were killed), and $1500 to go to 3 $500 scholarships to 2008 graduating seniors in Santa Rosa County (Ashley's home county). Ashley plans to continue the growth of this scholarship fund to a national level.

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