West Bend East High School senior Natalie White was recently chosen to receive a scholarship to the Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee.
On Jan. 27, White was announced as just one of 25 students receiving a scholarship as an incoming freshman.
To apply for the scholarship, Natalie first had to fill out a general scholarship application and then had to feature 10 photos in an art portfolio. Natalie was happy to hear that she was chosen but was even more happy when she received an email from one of the staff members at the Peck School of the Arts. The email was from Katie Martin-Meurer, whom Natalie had previously emailed with questions about the school.
“You did it!,” Martin-Meurer’s email said. “You got a scholarship! I am so happy for you! I just saw the final 2021-22 Incoming Student Scholarship list and am grinning ear to ear. You are on it.”
White felt even more accomplished thanks to what Martin-Meurer said. She looks forward to meeting Martin-Meurer in person when she attends the Peck School of Arts in the fall.
“I felt honored that Katie remembered me and took the time to personally congratulate me,” White said.
One of the first things her mom, Sandy, did was share the news on Facebook. Natalie’s art teacher for all four years of high school, Deborah Prahl, also expressed excitement about her scholarship.
“Natalie is so naturally gifted in what she does and has a great drive for being creative,” said Prahl, an art teacher at West Bend West High School.
White plans to major in digital studio practice with a secondary in painting and drawing. She then wants to work professionally with digital art and hopes to become a graphic novelist.
(Top image: Natalie White’s painting entitled, “Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever…”)