Congrats to Darrell Andrews, Jr. for receiving two of the largest scholarships in the country, the Gates Millennium Scholarship and the AXA Achievement Award. In addition to winning these two scholarships, Darrell was offered artistic merit awards from 10 of the country’s most competitive art schools. His has earned $702,000 in scholarships and is funded up to graduate school. His scholarships cover up to 10 years of higher education including tuition and fees, room and board, books and living expenses.
Darrell Andrews is a home schooled student and the oldest of four children. Ever since he was a child, he’s had a natural gift for drawing. “Being home schooled has allowed my mom to create a curriculum around my interests. I was able to dive deeply into the world of art and explore it from all angles.” When asked to describe Darrell, Jen Easterday, founder of Art Studio 4:10 and Darrell’s art teacher for 7 years says, “ (I) have seen him grow from a young artist to a talented, creative, and artistic leader.” Volunteering for the Delaware Art Museum, mentoring middle school students and participating in charity art auctions are a few of the leadership activities that Darrell enjoys. Mrs. Easterday also shares, “Darrell has also acted as my teaching assistant for the last two years. Younger children admire Darrell. He is upbeat and positive and children like to learn from him.”
This fall, Darrell will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where he’ll major in Illustration and minor in Visual Development. “Earning scholarship money to attend my dream college is a burdened lifted off my parents and me. Now, I can focus on being innovative without the pressure of college expenses. I am truly thankful to God for this opportunity and couldn’t have done it without Him in my life.” Darrell’s future plans include working as either a character development artist or a concept artist. He is also in the process of creating a series of Christian comic books.