Katherine Zoe Nehmer has earned a scholarship to pursue her dreams at Lone Star College.

Winner: Katherine Zoe Nehmer
Lone Star College, Kingwood
From: Lake Houston Area Artists
Amount of Scholarship: $500
Awarded: Dec. 10, 2019
Place: Union Kitchen Restaurant

Lake Houston Area Artists (LHAA) have announced the winner of their scholarship, Katherine Nehmer, who is studying art at Lone Star College Kingwood.

Here are the judge's comments after viewing Nehmer’s work:

- Katherine had excellent drawing skills.

- Her work showed application and understanding of the principles of art.

- She is a student of graphic design. Katherine has the ability to express subject matter in an interesting way, without the use of color.

- Katherine is very good in expressing the full spectrum of the "grey scale," going from light to dark. She captures a variety of textures as well.

- Her pieces all had a "finished look."

- Most impressive to us was Katherine's personal level of maturity. She is so appreciative of all the kindness shown to her. Despite her youth, Katherine has genuine empathy and a desire to give back. She is working toward a degree in art and is interested in art therapy.

In an essay she wrote to apply for the scholarship, Nehmer said, “I was born to an American father and Nicaraguan mother and spent my life in Managua, Nicaragua. Since June 2018, I am living with a couple who graciously provided not only a place to live in Tarkington Prairie, but a home, and became my family. They helped me obtain my U.S. driver’s license, registry to vote and encouraged me to attend Lone Star College Kingwood. It has been a big change of culture and a great adjustment to everything, but I have learned a great deal since then and am extremely grateful to all the people who have taken the time to invest in me and my growth.

“Though the couple has opened their hearts and home, I am responsible for myself. I currently work part-time at a thrift shop in Cleveland and receive some financial aid. I must work to take care of personal needs and additional expenses not covered by financial aid. Any additional help would be greatly welcomed.

“About a year ago at Lone Star, I though dental hygiene was the direction I should take, yet this summer I realized it was off course for me and art has always been my passion. I desire to have a degree in art and am interested in art therapy. See, I come from a very dysfunctional family and it was with the help of God, professional counseling and art classes, all with the support of my new adoptive family, that I have accomplished many things and also found healing in ways I never thought possible two years ago. I yearn to pursue the arts to develop and grow in my creative talents and to help others find healing as well with art.

“Because by coincidence I have the same instructor in Drawing and Design I-2D, Professor Mari Omari is the only one to have reviewed my work favorably. Though I am an A student in both classes, I was greatly touched and moved to tears to even be considered for this scholarship. I am honored to be invited for this scholarship and will not let your investment be in vain.”

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