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RHS grad, pro model to offer $1,000 scholarship

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Roswell native and professional model McKeilah Bolanos, left, with Bridgette Ortega, who is assisting Bolanos with her $1,000 scholarship giveaway. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

In 2011, McKeilah Bolanos graduated from Roswell High School with the dream of becoming a professional model. Seven years later, Bolanos now lives in Houston and works for Elite Model Management, which was founded in 1977 in New York City and also operates offices in Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.

The agency has placed models on the covers of fashion stalwarts such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Bazaar and Seventeen.Bolanos has appeared on the cover of an edition of Vogue Italia.

Elite’s stated mission is to empower its talents and promote diversity and inclusion.

Now that she has a successful career, Bolanos wants to help empower a local senior in Roswell by offering a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of an essay contest.

“I want to give back to the community,” Bolanos said in an interview with the Daily Record.

Any senior, male or female, attending a high school is Roswell is eligible to apply.

To apply, submit a finished essay as a PDF and/or a Word document to mckbethscholarshipgiveaway@gmail.com by April 1.

The scholarship will be presented to the winner during a runway show Bolanos is planning April 7 at the Roswell Mall. The time for the show has not yet been set, Bolanos said.

Here’s what your essay must entail to apply for the scholarship:

• Discuss your personal background.

• Discuss your personal interests and hobbies aside from school.

• Discuss your future plans, goals and projected college major you’re interested in and why.

• Describe why you feel you should get this scholarship.

The essays should be 300 to 500 words in length, three to five pages double spaced and use Times New Roman, 12 point, as the font. Bolanos advises that essays be well-thought out and not stray from topic. Other important factors are descriptive details, originality and adhering to the proper use of grammar and formatting.

Essays will be reviewed by both Bolanos and a University of Houston English professor.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.