UC|CU’s Annual LGBT COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IN
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
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
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
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
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS, DESIGN & EDUCATION
PROGRAMA DE BECAS
DANIELLE BONITA RODRIGUEZ
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
JOVAN KALA HANNAH
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 volunteers.
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.
ANY AMOUNT YOU GAN GIVE, WILL HELP AN LGBT STUDENT
FULFILL THEIR DREAM OF AN EDUCATION. Thank you!
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... firstname.lastname@example.org
And like EVERYTHING we do, 100% goes right back into the community.
AMBASSADORS OF EDUCATION
|2017 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED
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
PROGRAMAS DE BECAS
UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA announces partnership with BEAUTY SCHOOLS of AMERICA & PALM BEACH
ACADEMY of HEALTH & BEAUTY, offering FULL SCHOLARSHIPS in Cosmetology to the So. Fla. LGBT Community
Miami, Florida- March 2017… With the common goals of Leadership & Empowering the LGBT community,
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) is proud to announce a Community Partnership with
Beauty Schools of America (BSA) and the Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty (PBAHB).
Full Scholarships, valued at over sixteen thousand dollars each, will be awarded for Cosmetology
degrees at BSA and PBAHB, offering career focused institutional grants directed to individuals
selected by UC|CU to participate through this partnership.
Scholarships offered in following curriculum include: Massage Therapy (754 hours), Barber
(1200 hours), Spa Therapy (1054), Full Specialist with Salon Management (900 hours),
Comprehensive Facial and Makeup (900 hours), Electrolysis and Laser Technician
(650 hours), Medical Esthetician (750 hours), Skin and Makeup Artist Specialist (600 hours)
- Scholarships applications will be reviewed by Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida (UC|CU),
and awardees will be selected by UC|CU based on merit & qualifications.
- Qualified individuals who meet the admissions criteria, as stated in the BSA official
catalog and chosen by UC|CU, will be interviewed by the Admissions department at BSA
to finalize enrollment process into the fields of choice.
- Provide BSA with the High School Diploma or GED. (Foreign credentials accepted as
long as they are accompanied by an evaluation and such indicates that it is equivalent to a high school diploma in the U.S.).
- Graduate within the normal time frame according to the schedule chosen and as stated in the enrollment agreement
- Follow all school policies and procedures as stated in the BSA catalog.
School catalog may be found at: www.bsa.edu
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UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA anuncia asociación con BEAUTY SCHOOLS OF AMERICA y PALM BEACH
ACADEMY OF HEALTH & BEAUTY para ofrecer BECAS COMPLETAS en Cosmetología a la comunidad LGBT del sur
de la Florida
Miami, Florida - Marzo 2017 ... Con los objetivos comunes de Liderazgo y Empoderamiento de la comunidad LGBT, Coalición Unida (UC) se enorgullece en
anunciar una Asociación Comunitaria con Beauty Schools of America (BSA) y Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty (PBAHB).
Becas completas, valoradas en más de dieciséis mil dólares cada una, se otorgarán a los títulos de Cosmetología en BSA y PBAHB, ofreciendo becas
institucionales dirigidas a individuos seleccionados por UC UC para participar a través de esta asociación.
Las becas que se ofrecen en el siguiente plan de estudios incluyen: Terapia de masaje (754 horas), Barbero (1200 horas), Terapia de Spa (1054), Especialista en
Manejo de Salón (900 horas), Complejo Facial y Maquillaje (900 horas) (650 horas), Estética Médica (750 horas), Especialista en Piel y Maquillaje (600
SOLICITUDES AHORA DISPONIBLES
Coalición Unida (UC | CU), la primera y única organización para el latino | Hispana | LGBTQ Comunidad (lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero, cuestionando) -
avanzando Igualdad y Equidad desde 2002.
"UC|CU siempre está buscando oportunidades para darle a nuestra comunidad el liderazgo, la inspiración y las herramientas para superar y mejorar. Nuestra
asociación con las Escuelas de Beauty Schools of America & Palm Beach Academy of Health and Beauty es exactamente el tipo de proyecto que más disfrutamos,
potenciando nuestra comunidad LGBT a través de la educación, el liderazgo y las oportunidades. " -Herb Sosa, presidente Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida
"Estamos encantados de asociarnos con UC UC en este programa. Nuestros objetivos con esta asociación son capacitar, educar y dar oportunidades a la
comunidad LGBT ...¡y hacer que el mundo sea un poco más hermoso! - Maritza Bedoya, Directora de Operaciones - Beauty Schools of America y Palm Beach
Academy of Health & Beauty.
La programación de Unity Coalition| Coalición Unida está financiado al 100% por eventos, donaciones privadas y subvenciones. Somos 100% empleados y
manejados por voluntarios. Todo lo que entra, se remonta a la programación…empoderando, liderando y ayudando a nuestra comunidad LGBTQ. Le animamos a
que considere hacer una contribución financiera al Programa de Becas, o cualquier otro año de programación, y ayudar a que este importante trabajo continúe.
ELEGIBILIDAD DE BECAS
- Las solicitudes de becas serán revisadas por Coalición Unida (UCU), y los ganadores serán seleccionados por UC|CU con base en méritos y calificaciones.
- Las personas calificadas que cumplan con los criterios de admisión, tal como se indica en el catálogo oficial de BSA y elegido por UC|UC, serán entrevistadas
por el departamento de Admisiones de BSA para finalizar el proceso de inscripción en los campos de elección.
Los candidatos deben:
- Proporcionar BSA con el Diploma de Escuela Secundaria o GED. (Las credenciales extranjeras aceptadas siempre que estén acompañadas de una evaluación y
tal indica que es equivalente a un diploma de escuela secundaria en los Estados Unidos).
- Graduar dentro del plazo normal de acuerdo al horario elegido y como se indica en el contrato de inscripción
- Siga todas las políticas y procedimientos de la escuela como se indica en el catálogo de BSA.
El catálogo de la escuela se puede encontrar en: www.bsa.edu
ANNOUNCED THIS APRIL!