Life and Religion
|Dormitory refresh part of interior designer’s scholarship program|
|Initiative helps women adjust to college life|
|Published Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:51 am|
|COURTESY EBONY STATEN|
|Ebony Staten, founder of The Vogue Room, an interior styling boutique. She launched an initiative to makeover dormitory rooms as part of The Vogue Room Foundation scholarship for women of color attending public colleges in North Carolina.|
Ebony Staten is providing a different kind of scholarship for first-generation college students.
Staten, a Charlottean and alumna of North Carolina Central University and Garinger High School, is owner of The Vogue Room, an interior styling boutique, specializing in high fashion living. She knows what it is like to be in the exact situation she is striving to support, which is why Staten created The Vogue Room dorm makeover after seeing an Instagram post from former first lady Michelle Obama about her journey as a first-generation college student. Within a week, Staten created The Vogue Room Foundation and accompanying scholarship. First-generation women of color from North Carolina who attend a state university can apply for a dorm makeover.
“I feel like my story is a little different, because when I went off to college, I had a lot of support,” Staten said. “Meeting these different young ladies, some people don’t have the support that I had. That was one of the main reasons that I wanted to give back. I had a young lady who reached out and said this is really important to her because she remembers her parents selling fish plates just to decorate her dorm room. For me to do this for someone else is just amazing.”
Staten’s scholarship has been awarded to three students thus far. West Charlotte High alumna Justice Isom, who attends NCCU, earned the inaugural makeover. Staten was able to award two scholarships this year to Vance High graduate Khamiah Alderman, who attends UNC Chapel Hill, and Aimee Mobot, a Garinger High alumnus at North Carolina A&T State University.
Staten’s goal is to create what she describes as a “sanctuary” for the scholarship recipients.
Staten provided 18 Meck Ed students with #DormRoomDeckOut, which included comforters, sheet sets, full-length mirror, decorative pillow, string lights, garment hangers, USB lamps, shoe storage, and bedside caddy.
“Just creating that home environment that would give them the confidence to rock out for that semester,” she said. “That’s my whole goal—give them the confidence and the motivation to help them with this important life transition.”
Staten envisions the project expanding outside of North Carolina.
“Each year, I want to take it up a notch,” she said. “This is my second year, and I’m already getting into the planning phase of what I want to do for 2020, and then taking it from there.”
Staten wants to go beyond dorm décor by mentoring recipients.
“For someone on my board who is a therapist, maybe they can contact the student quarterly to see where they are at in their mental space, because this is a transition,” she said. “We just want to make sure that we are leaving something impactful for these young people—making sure that they have a resource they can call on.”
While the inaugural scholarship benefited women, Staten is exploring scholarships for men as well.
“I don’t think I’m going to change the minority statement, she said, “but I’ve had a lot of people saying, ‘hey, my son goes off to college this year—what about guys?’ I’m thinking about next year, maybe bringing in a guy if they apply. The sky is the limit.”
|I love this story....It takes a village, thank you Ebony for living this adage.|
|Posted on September 5, 2019|
|Congratulations I'm so proud of you, dream BIG sky's the limit..?..|
|Posted on September 5, 2019|
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