ARTS, DESIGN & EDUCATION | Celebrating the Life of ANITA PRIEST,
and Providing Educational Opportunities to our Community

Miami, Florida- November 2016…With the common goals of Leadership &
Empowering the LGBT community through Art, Design & Education, Unity
Coalition|Coalición Unida is proud continue the legacy of Anita Priest and the
Whispering Angels Foundation, by spearheading the Anita Priest Memorial
Scholarship, ongoing.

Established in 2007 in memory of her later partner, renowned Interior Designer Anita
Priest, the “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship program founded by Sandra
Holiday, is a legacy program that provides a scholarship for the LGBT community to
advance their education in the area of Design & the Arts, and now - Education.         

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), the first & only organization for the Latino|
Hispanic|LGBTQ Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) -
advancing Equality & Fairness since 2002.

The Whispering Angels Foundation, under the guidance of Sandra Holiday and in
memory of Anita Priest, has been essential to our community.  It has allowed LGBT
students who otherwise might not get to go to college, fulfill their dreams and go on
and make a difference. Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is proud of our partnership in
this important community project, to continue the legacy and work, and we look
forward to announcing the 2015 Scholarship Recipients, soon!               
- Herb Sosa, president – Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) is the ideal community partner to continue
the work of the Whispering Angels Foundation, and to carry on the memory and
ideals of my dear Anita. Through this partnership, the Anita Priest Memorial
Scholarship will flourish, grow and go on to help the very community she was so
fond of. I look forward to serving as a Board Advisor for UC|CU, and helping this
Scholarship Program continue to serve our community, for years to come.
- Sandra Holiday, founder – Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida’s work is 100% funded by events, private donations &
grants. We are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes in, goes
right back out for programming, community building, leading & assisting our LGBTQ
community. We encourage you to consider making a financial contribution to the
Scholarship Program – or other year round programming efforts - and helping this
important work to continue.


- You must be a resident of the U.S. & attend school within the U.S.
- Submit a completed and signed application.  
- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp format
- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the school by e-mail or by mail
- At least two and no more than three letters of recommendation (At least one of these
must be from an   individual familiar with your academic work (no family members)
- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID  
- I authorize the UC|CU Anita Priest Memorial Scholarship Committee to review and
discuss my grades & other information concerning me that are maintained by my
school or submitted by me for consideration, or of public record.

- Scholarship recipients will be invited to serve a 12 month Junior Board member
position on UC|CU, to foster & encourage Community Service, Leadership &
involvement – ongoing.

- Winning applicants are awarded a $2,500. Scholarship for tuition expenses related
to Design, the Arts or Education, paid directly to the school.

ANITA PRIEST 1918-2006                                                    Photo: courtesy of Terence Nelson

Anita Priest was born & educated in New York during the Depression. She
overcame many obstacles in her life and was one of the first women to
volunteer and join our country’s Women’s Army Corp. She served four years
as an Officer in the WACS during WW11.

Her flair for design came from her grandfather who designed costumes for
the famous Flo Ziegfeld, her Mother modeled his creations.

She attended New York’s New School for Social research, took courses at
the Chicago and New York schools of Design and also spent a summer
studying at the Sorbonne in France.

In the 1950’s she moved to Miami, Florida where her Interior Decorating
career began. She was an in-house designer at first and then branched out
to open her own business. Her studio & accessory shop was in Bay Harbor
and called Accent’s Unlimited.

She was way ahead of her time and had many clients including Judges,
Politicians, Celebrities and local Notables. The famous Architect Morris
Lapidus wanted her on his team, but she had bigger ideas.

In 1962, she founded the School for Interior Decoration and Design and
opened her first school on Miami’s famous Decorator’s Row. Soon after
came a second school in Fort Lauderdale.

Her mission in life was to help others. Many of her students went on to be
well known designer’s in their own right. She changed the lives of many!
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Priest was included in Who’s Who
of American Women, Who’s who of Florida Women and Barron’s
International Edition of Who’s Who in Interior Design. In 1994 she was
recognized as Woman of the Year by the Gay community with a Dixie award.
She was a past President of what is now ASID and pioneered many
professional organizations.

Besides teaching at her own school she also taught at Miami-Dade
Community College, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.
Her thriving design career spanned over forty years. She created many
memorable and prestigious spaces, private homes, famous restaurants,
clubs and condominiums including models for local well known builders.
When she retired she continued to lecture at various institutions and was a
frequent guest lecturer for Cunard Steamship Line.

Anita’s amazing zest for life came to an end in 2008.

She may be gone but her legacy lives on in all of those she touched with her
wit and wisdom. She was greatly loved and would be so honored knowing
that her Scholarship will help a talented, passionate student in design and
the Arts realize their dream as she did hers.

Anita Priest Whispering Angles Foundation

Born & educated in London, England. Sandra
Holiday has been a resident of the USA since 1974.

Trained as a Professional Championship Ballroom
& Latin American dancer, Sandra taught dance in
London for 10 years as well as performing with her
dance partner Geoffrey Clapham on cruise ships based in New York. After
returning to London, her career brought her back to the USA where she
continued teaching.

In 1985 while living in South Florida she partnered with Anita Priest both
personally & professionally. For 23 years Sandra was the project manager
for the Anita Priest Interior Design Co. and the Administrator for her
successful school for Interior Decoration & Design.

Sandra established the ANITA PRIEST “Whispering Angels” Memorial
Scholarship Foundation, a legacy scholarship in memory & honor of her.
Anita’s mission in life was to help people, as she had overcome so much in
her life.

Sandra has a dream that one day she will be able to help more members of
the LGBT community continue and to advance their dreams in the Design &
Arts fields. The possibilities are endless.

Danielle Bonita Rodriguez is the 2015 Recipient and is attending Nyack College.

She made the deans list & is graduating with a 3.00 average. She is studying to be a teacher.

"The Anita Priest scholarship helped me afford to attend a Christian school where I am able
to challenge the perception of the LGBT community daily!"                         - Daniella      


Tek H. Lim is majoring in International Business at Florida International University. He is originally from
Cambodia and transferred from Limkokwing University of Creativity Technology to FIU in 2011 to pursue his
degree and life in the United States. Throughout the years of his education in America, he developed a strong
interest in photography through travels and digital art painting via art and charity events. Continuing his strong
passion for humanity and community involvement for his own people in a struggling Cambodia, Tek
continues to advocate for equality and those in need here in Miami. Tek plans to continue his education,
personal, and professional growth while continuing to give back to society here and overseas.


Jovan Kala Hannah graduated from New World School of the Arts (High School), where he focused on his
Musical Theatre performance. He has been professionally and classically trained at New World, and was
recently seen in “Curtains”, “The Exonerated”, and “GOD”. After suchrigorous training at New World, Jovan
auditioned for several of the top colleges and universities around the country, and after careful consideration,
he decided to enroll to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he is expected to major
in Stage Management, and possibly declaring a second major which he has not selected.

Jovan is excited to take his training to the next level, but he’s most excited about moving to the North East
and finally having the privilege to witness the change in seasons. Jovan is very appreciative and is very
thankful for his friends and family who support him and ALL of his endeavors.


ALBERTO PARRA is the 2010 recipient & is studying Interior Design at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida’s work is 100% funded by events,
private donations & grants. We are 100% staffed & managed by
Everything that comes in, goes right back out for programming,
community building, leading & assisting our LGBTQ community,
and is TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the full extent of the law.

MENTOR Level –$5,000.
-        Funds 2 scholarships in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
 2 tickets to LEGENDS Ball, and name recognition on our
website & related materials.

GUARDIAN Level –$2,500.
-        Funds 1 scholarship in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
 and name recognition on our website & related materials.

FRIEND Level –$500.
-        Helps to fund scholarships in our community.
-        Entitles you to 2 VIP tickets to our SCHOLARSHIP Reception,
and listing on website.

Community Leaders willing to help raise awareness and funds for our annual LGBT COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND - by hosting
small dinner parties, fundraising events, auctions, reaching out to friends for donations, etc.

You would be listed on our  website, and invited to our special reception in March.

Every bit helps to get another student a scholarship...

And like EVERYTHING we do, 100% goes right back into the community.
November 1, 2017 - February 1, 2017


Currently enrolled in Ballet Theater’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, our 2016 Scholarship Recipient
has already exceeded most expectations and accolades as part of the American Ballet theatre.

"Scholarship Programs such as the Anita Priest Memorial Scholarship, allow LGBT students
to pursue careers and studies that might not otherwise be available. It is a source of
inspiration to receive this scholarship and I hope to inspire others to realize that dreams
can become reality."
                                                                                                                    - Nicholas