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Monroe, CT – May 14, 2014 – Church Hill Classics (CHC), a leading manufacturer and online retailer in the college diploma frame industry, announced the five Winners in its 6th annual Frame My Future Scholarship Contest. There were over 6,000 entries submitted nationally. Each of the Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.
CHC gives back to students pursuing their dreams of a college education by sponsoring a nationwide scholarship contest. Students enter a creative, original entry piece that expresses what they hope to achieve in their personal and professional lives after college. Entries range from photographs, poems, essays, collages, drawings, paintings, and other imaginative pieces. Entries must communicate: This is How I Frame My Future. The entry period was from October 8, 2013 to March 5, 2014.
This year, CHC introduced a new feature of choosing the 24 Finalists in the scholarship contest. The two entries that had the most Facebook Likes in the scholarship contest would be selected automatically as the Fan Favorite Finalists and would compete during the Finalist phase. CHC narrowed the entries to 22 Finalists. Then, the 24 Finalists were posted online for a one-month public voting period. The Finalists reached out to family, friends, teachers, and their communities to share their entry. The five entries with the most votes received the $1,000 scholarship. The top-voted entry, the Grand Prize Winner, received a $1,000 donation to his/her college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Grand Prize Winner, Suzanne Sylvester of Brooklyn, New York, will receive $1,000 toward her tuition. She will be a senior at York College, City University of New York in Jamaica, New York in the Fall 2014 earning her Business Administration degree with a focus in Human Resources. As a Grand Prize Winner, York College, CUNY will receive a $1,000 donation the school’s scholarship endowment fund in Suzanne’s name. The donation to the college will benefit other students during their academic journeys.
Suzanne’s winning creation was a self photo with the New York skyline in front of her. Along with the photograph, Suzanne wrote a summary about how she wants to frame her future:
“Along my career odyssey I have consistently enforced strong vibrant energy, genuine smiles, an upbeat personality and lastly a strategic mindset which have never ceased to fail me. This successful self portrait was taken at Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC. As I gazed out at the "Great Concrete Jungle" I wish to divert further in the city and beyond such majestic skyscrapers to persevere a rewarding profession in Human Resources. To cruise across clear waters I must first triumph over life's obstacles.” View her full entry online.
Hannah Chen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana submitted a self photo standing in front of 1,000 paper cranes. The Japanese legend states that if a person makes 1,000 paper cranes, it will grant his/her wishes. Hannah worked with her classmates to fold the paper cranes and to hang them up in the Ochsner Chemotherapy Department so patients can be encouraged by hope and joy from the cranes. Hannah explains, “As a future engineer, I frame my future by using my spatial skills and creativity to bring peace and hope to others.” Hannah will attend Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia to study Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Alexandra Smith of Apex, North Carolina will attend East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina to study Animation. In her creation, she drew her future as a storyboard artist. Her dreams after college are to work for an animation company. Alexandra explains, “I drew the characters in the storyboard coming to life because I hope to one day see my work on the big screen.”
Chloe Van Grootheest of Long Beach, California will be a sophomore at the University of California, Davis to study Molecular Biology. Chloe’s entry reflected how she wants to frame her future. She drew a self picture as a veterinarian holding a tiger. As a little girl, it had always been her dream to pet a tiger. With her determination, she hopes to reach this dream and also to provide medical help to bring vanishing species back to abundance. She states, “I am going to frame my future by helping animals in our world, and in doing so I am going to sustain the beauty of our world and future.”
Kirsten Stiller from Manassas, Virginia will be a freshman at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kirsten submitted a self portrait dressed in a military outfit. Kirsten states that her parents are U.S. Army soldiers, and throughout her life, they have demonstrated a strong sense of patriotism as well as their dedication to this country. She explains, “I decided that I want to serve this nation in the same way they do. Those are some big boots to fill, both literally and figuratively, but I cannot picture any future more fulfilling.”
To receive additional information about next year’s Frame My Future Scholarship Contest, sign up to receive more information about the scholarship contest.
Brooklyn, New York
School: York College, CUNY
School Location: Jamaica, New York
View entry here: www.diplomaframe.com/FMF2014-Sylvester
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
School: Georgia Institute of Technology
School Location: Atlanta, Georgia
View entry here: www.diplomaframe.com/FMF2014-Chen
Apex, North Carolina
School: East Carolina University
School Location: Greenville, North Carolina
View entry here: www.diplomaframe.com/FMF2014-Smith
Chloe Van Grootheest
Long Beach, California
School: University of California, Davis
School Location: Davis, California
View entry here: www.diplomaframe.com/FMF2014-VanGrootheest
School: University of Virginia
School Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
View entry here: www.diplomaframe.com/FMF2014-Stiller
Church Hill Classics®, known online as diplomaframe.com, manufactures custom diploma frames, certificate frames, varsity letter frames, and photo frames as well as a line of desk accessories for thousands of colleges and universities, high schools, the military, professional associations, and corporate clients. Products and framing online are offered through its e-commerce site at diplomaframe.com™ or through its partner affiliates. Church Hill Classics is a certified woman-owned business, founded in 1991 by Lucie Voves. In 2012, the company was named to Inc. 5000 Magazine’s Fast-Growth Business list for the seventh time. More information on Church Hill Classics can be found at https://www.diplomaframe.com.