Scholar Spotlight – Lewis
Lewis is an incredibly talented cellist. So talented, in fact, right out of high school he was one of two freshman awarded a full ride merit based scholarship to a prestigious Conservatory of Music. But the stress of this rigorous program, almost losing his best friends in a devastating car accident, and the self medication of an underlying undiagnosed bipolar disorder, led to the difficult (but wise) decision to withdraw from this program to address his mental health.
After taking the time to really work on himself from the inside out, he is ready to pick back up where he left off.
“This process became a marvelous experience of self discovery that has led me to a deeper place of understanding about myself that I would not have achieved had I not struggled with mental health. Although the experiences I had when my illness first manifested were some of the most frightening moments of my life, I am incredibly proud of where it has lead me,” Lewis shared.
He has used his experiences to help others through the arts.
“I know I am not alone in experiencing this, the arts can make a world of difference in people’s lives, especially for youth who may feel marginalized. It is my goal to return to school to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to be be a positive force within Arts and Non-Profits Organizations, and use my passion and skill set to help keep Arts Education a priority.”
The JC Runyon Foundation is honored to be able to help him with his tuition. We could not be more thrilled to present Lewis as our Scholar Spotlight of the month! He is a perfect example of how to #LiveYourNextChapter!
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Scholar Spotlight – Nicholas
Nicholas began his journey with mental illness in middle school when his intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors began to impede his life. He began having panic attacks that ultimately required hospitalization. Once he finally receive his diagnosis, he was able to learn how to manage his behaviors and impulses through a variety of therapies and […]