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Daniels Receives Danforth Scholarship

April 20, 2017

Rashonda Daniels  
Rashonda Daniels has been selected as the recipient of the
Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship to attend Washington

For the second consecutive year, Washington University’s Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship has been awarded to a St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley student.

Rashonda Daniels, who is studying art, was chosen as the recipient of this year’s scholarship. Daniels competed with students from all disciplines for this two-year, full-tuition scholarship.

In 2016, Rachel Borden received this honor, and STLCC-Florissant Valley will now have two undergraduate students at Washington University. Both have full scholarships to complete their degrees.

“I was speechless and then the excitement settled in. I still can’t believe it, but it’s one of the best feelings I have had in a long time,” Daniels said.

Daniels will display some of her artwork in the upcoming 2017 Annual Student Exhibit in the Contemporary Art Gallery on campus. The exhibit, which features a number of students in addition to Daniels, runs April 24-May 5.

When asked where she gets her inspiration, Daniels said it came from many places but mainly from her three-year-old son, who has autism. Much of her artwork pertains to the journey the two have taken in dealing with autism. Daniels’ art has given her a healthy outlet to express all the feelings and emotions she experiences.

“All of my experience at STLCC-Florissant Valley is what has gotten me here today,” said Daniels. “Coming to this campus was one of the best decisions I could’ve ever made when it comes to education.”

The Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship, originally named the Women’s Society Scholarship, is awarded annually to students graduating from St. Louis Community College and transferring to Washington University in St. Louis.

To watch a video about the work that Daniels has done recently, click here.