P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
- Scholarship(s) will be awarded to one or more high school seniors with financial need, a certified language-related learning difference, and artistic talent who plan a career in visual arts.
- Scholarship(s) are potentially renewable for up to three additional years.
The 2013 Endowed Scholarship recipient is Taylor Alexis Shuga, a senior at Steinbrenner High School, Lutz, Florida. While in middle school her talents as an artist and a dancer were recognized. She chose to audition to attend a performing arts magnet school and was accepted on both talents. While at this school Taylor did not feel challenged and she advocated for herself and chose to move to her area high school. Taylor is currently taking an honors English class as a senior. Through hard work she has earned A's each nine week period.
Taylor describes herself as compassionate, insightful and happy. She recognizes the good part that came from the negative experiences she had in school, which taught her compassion. She has a deeper understanding toward people who suffer from disrespect and cruelty.
Taylor's insightfulness, an ability she had since she was young, provides her with insight to problems and a way to resolve troubles and challenges. At age 2, she was evaluated and found to have significant deficits in speech and language and was placed in full-time special education pre-kindergarten to address her language deficits. Throughout high school, Taylor received specialized instruction.
While working with children having different mental and physical disabilities, Taylor realized her passion for helping these children and how her own experiences could be a benefit to them. She knew she wanted this as a career and wanted to go to college to pursue her dream. She says: "I want to be able to connect with them on a different level and I want them to be able to communicate in a new way by showing their emotions creatively. I would like to incorporate art, because I appreciate it and I practice it. Art is never perfect and you can never mess it up because it's something that comes from inside someone's mind, where many of these kids live."
Taylor sums this all up saying "I can now say that I will never judge a book by its cover, because what is on the inside is what really counts".
Pat attended Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Established in 1859, Cooper Union is the only private, full-scholarship college in the United States dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture, and engineering.
Criteria for eligibility for the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship include:
- Graduating high school senior
- Verified specific language-related learning disability
- Verified financial need
- Visual arts talent
- Acceptance to accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college
- Intent to pursue career in a visual arts field
Nominations for the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship can be made only by members of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Students who do not know a Society member should contact the Moss Foundation Office for assistance in obtaining a nomination.
About the Endowment - To make a donation to the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship fund, send your check made payable to P. Buckley Moss Foundation, 152 P. Buckley Moss Dr., Waynesboro, VA 22980.
The application package should contain the below listed items in order as they are listed, PLUS an additional three copies of each as separate packets, mailed in one package. If you have any questions, please contact the Moss Foundation office (540) 932-1728.
- Nomination by a P. Buckley Moss Society member (brief letter from nominator stating relationship is optional).
- Verification of a language-related learning disability. Provide a letter (maximum two pages) from your case manager or counselor which details diagnostic information and progress. Do not send an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- High school transcript - unofficial.
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member at your school and the other from someone who knows you outside of the school setting (not from a relative).
- Evidence of financial need; please submit parents’ most recent 1040 tax form.
Essay responses to the following three questions (be specific and convincing)::
- Select three words that best describe you and provide evidence and examples of how you exhibit these qualities.
- Explain your specific learning disability, how it has challenged you, specific strategies you have used to cope, and the effects it has had on your life.
- Where do you intend to go to school and why there? How do you plan to use your artistic talent? (e.g., What do you see yourself doing in 10 years with your art?)
- Original portfolio consisting of 4 to 6 photos of visual art projects.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation reserves the right not to award the scholarship in a year when a suitable candidate is not nominated.
All information will be confidential.