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Aalyiah Nicole Heath

Clark Atlanta University 

When she received the 2015 FLAIR Cares Scholarship award, she was the reigning Ms. Clark Atlanta University.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.6 gpa and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion & Apparel Design. She was a CAU Institutional Scholarship Recipient, the Founder of Make a Difference (M.A.D.), President of the CAU Orientation Guide Core, Vice President of the CAU Praise Dance Ministry and Secretary of the Blueprint Fashion Society. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, was actively involved in the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Women’s Initiative Program, CAU’s NAACP Student Chapter and studied abroad in London, England in 2012. Aalyiah earned her Master's Degree in Global Communications from the American University of Paris and currently lives in Paris, France. She is a Designer, Creative Director and Journalist and the Fashion Editor for Peacock Plume Digital Magazine.

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Aatara Johnson

Art Institute of Atlanta

Aatara Johnson, Art Institute of Atlanta - Aatara held a 3.4 gpa and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion & Retail Management. She started her own company, The Tarascope Firm, a fashion incubating company to help new and emerging talent evolve by providing them with opportunities to showcase their skills and talents to respective markets. The primary focus of The Tarascope Firm is to promote the sentiment “believe in yourself” which is her personal mantra. Aatara is grateful for being a 2015 FLAIR Cares Scholarship Recipient and feels that her professors inspired her tremendously as they believed in her when she did not believe in herself. They allowed her to be inspired by them so that, in return, she was and is able to inspire others to keep our communities thriving with fresh, strong spirited, creative individuals.

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LeNora Gray

Clark Atlanta University

LeNora Gray, Clark Atlanta University - LeNora held a 3.25 gpa and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion & Apparel Design.  She earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences/Liberal Studies at North Hennepin Community College and volunteers with BlackCelebrityGiving.com.  Discovering her gift for art and fashion at a very early age is what kept her pushing to prosper. She has always known that she wanted to be a Fashion Designer and her vision has grown to heights that she can only dream of right now. She is currently a Fashion Designer with Belle Massacre and a Substitute Teacher with the Atlanta Public School System.  She looks forward to furthering her education in fashion design and the arts and learning how to construct a garment – something that she has been studying and practicing prior to enrolling at CSU. Her lifelong work will be an accolade to those that opened doors so that she could utilize her gift to do the same.

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Kortne Simmons

Clark Atlanta University

Kortne Simmons, Clark Atlanta University - Kortne held a 3.34 gpa and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising. She was a Clark Atlanta Deans List student, Ty Cobb Foundation Scholarship Recipient and Styling Assistant for CAU’s e-Look Book Assistant Stylist in 2015. She was actively involved in the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program and Emergence 2 Serve Image Society. As an Executive Board Member of the Emergence 2 Serve Image Society, she hosted an event focused on style and life tips for freshmen females. She assists her community by volunteering with the Ervin Academy, the first non-profit boarding school in the southeast for adjudicated and non-adjudicated high school males, where she nurtures and develops "at-risk" high school males to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.  Kortne is currently residing in Atlanta, GA and is utilizing her sales, merchandising and customer service skills as a Sales Coordinator with Surya, a leading provider of coordinating home accessories for a variety of lifestyles and budgets.

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Yasuein Reyes Paradise

Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) 

A freshman attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Costume Design.  He maintains a 3.39 gpa and will graduate June 2018. Passion, commitment, drive, leadership and a relentless creative energy pushes her, challenges him and his idea of how he can increase environmental awareness. These are qualities and two very important topics that define the interest of his artistic objective. Since the age of five, he has always been an inner artist seeking exposure.  He had visions of designing characters, transforming others and himself into larger-than-life fantasy figures and helping those around him feel confident with clothing and makeup tips. The FLAIR Cares Scholarship will give him an opportunity to develop and thrive as an intelligent pro-environment costume designer.  It will inspire him to not give up, knowing that his voice was heard.  He plans to fully commit himself to moving fashion and costume design forward, while bringing about an environmental consciousness to those around him.  He plans to work hard so that he can fulfill his dream of ‘Being the Change” as Gandhi quoted.

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Aaron Luxur (Moore)

Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC)

A sophomore attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), pursuing his Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design.  Aaron reflected on the industries having the greatest impact on our world and has dedicated his life to harmonizing those industries with our ecosystem and all its inhabitants.  He was the only vegan, and the youngest in his family.  He grew up in Compton, CA (a certified food desert community).  He had to develop the skills to survive and stay true to his ethics.  He realized he had a responsibility to empower people the way he empowered himself – thus he founded an organization called Vegan Voices of Color with his best friend.  He wants to inspire a sustainable fashion revolution the way he inspired veganism in the hood.  He wants to be a pioneer amongst emerging designers advancing sustainability and propelling consumer consciousness.   His mission is to create clothes made with intention and ethics. Clothes and design that are as timeless and sustainable as the materials they are made of.   He is declaring consciousness in clothing and developing his craftsmanship to make the sustainable revolution of the fashion industry that much more tangible.

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Michael Borscheid

Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) 

A freshman attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), pursuing his Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design.  Michael has always been interested in designing clothes since he was a young child. Growing up gay, in a conservative religious household in the Midwest was very hard for him and he struggled trying to find himself and what he aspired to be.  He had to suppress a lot of his desires and interests to try to fit in and be “normal.”  As a young child, he wished that he had someone to mentor him and show him that he was normal and that it was alright for him to be himself.  Taking the courses to obtain his degree will help him learn valuable skills needed to become a successful fashion designer.  He is a member of the LATTC fashion club “Club Couture”, attends school events, networks and seeks out opportunities to earn scholarships.  He plans to use the FLAIR Cares Scholarship towards his school tuition, to purchase material and his first sewing machine.

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Tavauna Clark

Cal Poly Pomona

A sophomore attending Long Beach City College pursuing her Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design with three certificates in fashion design, pattern making and sample making. She maintains a 4.0 gpa and will graduate in spring 2018 and attend Cal Poly Pomona to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Apparel Management and Merchandising. She aspires to be a Technical Designer with the goal of understanding fit in relation to fabric. She knows that with each garment made, there are collections of fabric waste and the fabric scraps are donated material for beds for shelter dogs.  She plans to aim fabric wastes toward projects as donations of dog gifts or doll clothes.  She wants to enhance her skills so that she can create custom prom dresses for less fortunate girls. Her financial upset became her greatness motivation. In 2012, Tavauna, her mother and their dog were homeless. Whether they were in a motel or in their van, she was determined to study and complete her assignments. She has always been a full-time student and maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher.  For the past few semesters, she has held a 4.0 each semester with an overall 3.73 gpa. She balances her major, her work and her mother’s health and is fueled by her memories to keep moving forward.  The smallest monetary amount can make the greatest difference and a fabric scrap can create more than we may ever know.

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