Scholarship Program

Project Inspire’s Washington, D.C. Celebration Brings True Inspiration to D.C. Professionals


Tajai Williams (2015 Daphne Valcin Scholarship for Creative Minds Scholarship recipient)

Everyone who attended Project Inspire’s June 19, 2015 10th Annual Scholarship Anniversary event in Washington, D.C. said the event was truly inspiring. Some said they couldn’t describe it in words. Others said it was a truly life-changing experience. We not only celebrated 10 years of our scholarship program, but we celebrated one another. Every attendee was asked to share their dreams and inspiration with others in the room.  We had 42 people in attendance and raised over $2,000 from the event! We thank all of our supporters for contributing their time and talent to make our event great!


Event attendees

We’re grateful for all of those who made it great (please forgive me if I missed you)!

The Potter’s House: Our event location
Our featured guest: Carl Fortune of the Fortune Foundation
Our keynote speaker: Shantae Edwards
Our event planners/decorators: Christina Sturdivant and Sheree Hawkins
Event co-coordinator: Herce Remilien
Event photographer: Shantae Edwards
One of our scholarship recipients and event performer: Tajai Williams
Our scholarship recipient’s parent present: Kimberly McLaughlin
Guest performers: Jaja Kobina and Janess
Board member representative speaker: Regis DeVeaux
2014-2015 Board members: Shantae Edwards, Shuyinthia Farley-Hembry, Regis DeVeaux, and Loveen Bains
From left to right, Shuyinthia Farley-Hembry, Daphne Valcin, Shantae Edwards, and Regis DeVeaux (Project Inspire Board of Directors)

This year, we’re increasing our scholarship amount by 10x, and proceeds went towards supporting this year’s scholarship recipients. We need $12,000 over the course of 4 years to support our newest 2015 scholarship recipients who each will receive $250 every fall and spring semester for 4 years of their college matriculation. We currently have scholarship winners from Eastern High School and Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. and additional winners from North Miami Beach Senior High School, Hallandale High School, and Evans High School in Florida.

Project Inspire is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with a mission to empower youth and young adults through powerful personal, educational, and professional opportunities, using the arts as a gateway to achievement. Our programming consists of scholarship dissemination for high school juniors and seniors, empowerment programs serving schools and organizations, and professional development programs for college students and young adults. Through our programs, we work to provide youth with a positive outlet and circle of support to serve as a foundation for future personal, educational, and professional success.

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