Delawrence Perkins, a senior at Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia, is the recipient of the 2011 P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to one or more high school seniors with financial need, a certified language-related learning difference, and artistic talent who plan a career in visual arts.
Serious, sagacious, and creative are the three words that Delawrence uses to describe himself. Delawrence has maintained a 3.0 grade point average and has been on the honor roll throughout all of his high school years. He is a talented artist who recently placed third in the Senior Art Contest sponsored by the Loudoun Education Foundation and The Art Institute of Washington.
Delawrence is a volunteer in his community with the Grass Cutters Alliance, where he helps the elderly with lawn care and/or snow removal. In addition, he works part-time as a Student Ambassador with the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, working with the traveling public, performing a variety of functions at Dulles International Airport.
Delawrence has been diagnosed with speech delay and auditory processing disorder. His speech delay is complicated by the speed with which he responds to questions and the way he puts words together, but he has not let his disability stand in his way, saying, "Since I have to focus my attention on the task at hand, I am the first one to get down to business with my schoolwork or job-related task."
Being creative, he expresses himself through his art, specifically drawing. Delawrence says, "I consider my art a way of expressing myself when my words fail me."
In the fall of 2011, Delawrence will be attending the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. As a serious student, Delawrence states, "This is a school that is serious about preparing its students for a life in the Arts."
"I can see myself in future years sharing my experiences, my triumphs, struggles, and mistakes with other young artists. I hope to give back to the community in a capacity where I can help others who also want to pursue visual arts as a career."