To honor the memory of Drake Edwards, Nancy Steele, owner of Picture This Photography, has created the Drake Edwards Memorial Portrait Scholarship. Edwards, Class of 2012, was tragically killed in a car crash on Dec. 23, 2011 at the age of 20. The scholarship will be available for members of the junior class, and it will provide the sole winner with a free senior photo session and gift prints, a value of about $750.
“Drake Edwards embodies Picture This Photography’s mission statement of community and giving,” Steele said. “It is therefore fitting that the Drake Edwards Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates efforts to improve the lives of others by their version of joy, love, laughter and community.”
In order to apply for the scholarship, interested applicants must fill out the online application, with an additional essay or video or photographs, or any other form of media which conveys the applicant’s impact on the community. The application will be available through Picture This Photography’s website as early as March 1. All applications are due by June 1.
“My goal of this scholarship is to share love with my passion and art, much like Drake chose to do on a daily basis,” Steele said. “It is a way for me to share my time, talent and gifts with a deserving person; someone that goes beyond to help others.”
The winner of the scholarship will be chosen by a panel with members from Picture This Photography, a community member and the Edwards family.
“Drake Edwards loved life and his energy was infectious,” Steele said. “Drake is a larger than life personality in many ways. For his age of 20, he touched so many lives, and that speaks volumes of his character. That is why I decided to honor him and continue his legacy of giving and laughter, as he will be forever in our hearts.”
More details about the scholarship are available at: www.ptpnancy.com