Two Hartnell College students have been awarded $500 scholarships from Art Unlimited, a group of distinguished Monterey County artists who have served the community for more than 30 years.
The awardees are Fang-Mei Durham of Gonzales and Yadhira Perez of Salinas. Both are currently enrolled art majors at Hartnell.
Durham was an accountant in Taiwan before coming to the United States in 1998. She enrolled at Hartnell in 1999 and discovered her abilities in computer technology and fine arts. Once she receives her associate of arts degree in multimedia and photography from Hartnell, Durham plans to transfer to a University of California campus for her bachelor's degree.
Perez, the other scholarship recipient, discovered an interest in art when she was in third grade and later won honors for her artwork in high school. Now a student at Hartnell, Perez says "art releases me from the stress of everyday life and gives me a chance to express myself." She plans to become an art teacher.
Art Unlimited awards scholarships to Hartnell students on an annual basis, according to Ann Cunningham, the organization's president. The scholarships are based on a student's artwork, academic promise and financial need.
Funds for the scholarships come from the organization's sales and rental of members' artwork, which includes all media.
For more information, contact Betty Binsacca, Hartnell scholarship assistant, (831) 755-6811.