The Claire Marie Foundation Awards Second Annual Scholarship in Memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst

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May 18, 2016- The second annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship for Arts and Design was recently awarded to Meredith Egan, a 2016 graduating Senior of the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. Meredith will be attending Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design as well as Business Administration.

The Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually in the memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst, an aspiring interior designer and member of the Notre Dame Prep Class of 2015 who passed away of adolescent melanoma at the age of 17. Applicants must be a graduating senior at Notre Dame Prep pursuing an academic and professional career in design arts.

An impressive panel of professional judges determined the winner of the $5,000 scholarship, including Model, Fashion and Life Style Expert Molly Sims, Los Angeles based Interior Designer Stacey Vuduris, Creator and Designer of Danielle Nicole handbags Danielle DiFerdinando,  Fashion Illustrator Inslee Haynes, Lighting and Set Designer, Tim Swiss of Los Angeles and Maryland’s First Lady Mrs. Yumi Hogan who is an accomplished artist and educator at MICA.

The Claire Marie Foundation was established in 2014 following the death of Claire Marie Wagonhurst, a sparkling 17 year old who lost a long battle with adolescent melanoma as a result of changes her body went through during puberty. The Claire Marie Foundation strives to raise awareness, clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent melanoma while celebrating the joy, color and beauty that Claire embraced every day.  The Foundation is led by Marianne Banister and her husband Rocky Wagonhurst, Claire’s parents.

The Claire Marie Foundation Awards First Annual Scholarship in Memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst

July 15, 2015 – Baltimore.  The first annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship was recently awarded to Edina Hiser, a 2015 graduating Senior of the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. Edina will be attending the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design at the School of Dramatic Arts at USC.

Scholarship winnerThe Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually in the memory of Claire Marie Wagonhurst, an aspiring interior designer and member of the Notre Dame Prep Class of 2015 who passed away of adolescent melanoma at the age of 17. Applicants must be a graduating senior at Notre Dame Prep pursuing an academic and professional career in design arts.

An impressive panel of professional judges determined the winner of the $5,000 scholarship, including Ty Pennington of TV’s Extreme Make-over, Jillian Harris of HGTV Love it or List It Too, Danielle DiFerdinando, creator and designer of Danielle Nicole handbags, Fashion Illustrator Inslee Haynes, Interior Designer Fredericke Hecht and Lighting and Set Designer, Tim Swiss of Los Angeles.

The Claire Marie Foundation was established in 2014 following the death of Claire Marie Wagonhurst, a sparkling 17 year old who lost a long battle with adolescent melanoma as a result of changes her body went through during puberty. The Claire Marie Foundation strives to raise awareness, clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent melanoma while celebrating the joy, color and beauty that Claire embraced every day.  The foundation also supports an arts scholarship in her name at Notre Dame Preparatory School. The Foundation is led by Marianne Banister and her husband Rocky Wagonhurst, Claire’s parents.

Claire Marie Scholarship Committee

Molly Sims

We are so honored to have supermodel, actress, lifestyle expert, author and contributor to The View, Molly Sims joining us as a judge on our Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship team! Molly brings a savvy sense of style, fashion and design. As a model, she is a favorite of Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Chanel and H&M lines. As a lifestyle expert she brings it all together through www.MollySims.com Molly has recently added author to her list of credits with her New York Times bestselling book, THE EVERYDAY SUPERMODEL My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple

Stacey Vuduris

Kristen Bell, Nancy O’Dell, InStyle magazine and HGTV love her work! Now she is our newest friend of Claire Marie! We are so thrilled to have Stacey Vuduris of Stacey Vuduris Interior Design in Los Angeles join our Claire Marie Scholarship team. Stacey’s MO is simple: Create a signature design element for each room, use sleek modern lines, all while incorporating the client’s passions and style. She has a knack for creating gorgeous, personal spaces that just feel like home. In 2006, she started Stacey Vuduris Design, a company, which from its inception, has brought forth confident and daring plans for those interested in designing or refurbishing their homes. She specializes in residential design, but also has experience in hospitality design. Stacey’s celebrity clientele include Kristen Bell and Nancy O’Dell. Her designs were featured in a six-page spread for InStyle Magazine with Kristen Bell. She was also featured on HGTV’s “My Favorite Place”.

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole was founded by Designer and Creative Director Danielle DiFerdinando while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she studied abroad in Europe where she apprenticed with several major high-end design houses. Danielle was a very special mentor and has designed a collection of bags in Claire’s name – The Claire Collection by Danielle Nicole.

Maryland’s First Lady- Mrs. Yumi Hogan

We are so honored to have Maryland’s First Lady, Mrs. Yumi Hogan as a member of our Claire Marie Design Scholarship team. Mrs. Hogan is an accomplished artist and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her artwork, created on Korean traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media has been featured in art shows and museums both here in the U.S. and Seoul, Korea. In 2010, she won the Caruso Award at the International Juried Exhibition Circle Gallery in Annapolis. As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it priority to instill a love of art in Marylanders of all ages through arts education. She also devotes much of her time to advocating for cancer awareness and visiting patients battling cancer, especially children and their families. Through teaching art classes to them she has demonstrated how art therapy can have a positive impact on health and well-being.

Inslee Haynes

Inslee Haynes was a favorite fashion illustrator of Claire’s – she has generously donated the use of one of her illustrations to grace the logo of The House of Claire Fashion Show. Inslee launched her eponymous brand in 2006. She now works with individual clients and companies to create their custom original art from her studio in New York City.

Timothy Swiss

Timothy Swiss

Timothy Swiss is a Lighting and Sound designer in Los Angeles and maintains his strong academic focus as an Adjunct Professor for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. He has been nominated for several Los Angeles Ovation awards and won the LA Weekly Award for his design of “Very Still and Hard to See.” Timothy received his degree in Lighting Design from Syracuse University.