Hallmark Mahogany and Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation Announce National Scholarship Winners

Scholarships awarded to two college students pursuing a career in the writing arts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (February 22, 2016) — Hallmark's Mahogany brand and partner Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation spearheaded by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, are proud to announce the winners of the national, merit-based scholarship announced this past June for college students interested in pursuing a career in the writing arts.

Winners as selected by representatives from Mahogany are:

  • John Knight - Broken Arrow, Okla.
    Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • Kathleen Stoughton - Bargersville, Ind.
    Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind.

Each will each receive a $10,000 scholarship and also will be invited to Hallmark's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. for a workshop with Mahogany's team of writers during the summer of 2016. This personalized workshop will help students hone their craft over a three-day period and fully immerse them in the day-to-day experience of a Mahogany writer.

"The Mahogany team is excited to welcome John and Kathleen this summer," said Monic Houpe, Mahogany brand manager. "We were energized by the abundance of qualified applicants and reviewed each entry looking for writing that hit just the right mix of personal experience and self-expression."

This scholarship unites Mahogany's commitment to a genuine, progressive and optimistic personal connection with the Blues Babe Foundation's extensive work supporting students pursuing a college education.

Mahogany and the Blues Babe Foundation also teamed up to promote the importance of education and creative writing skills during sessions at last year's Camp Jill Scott, an annual summer enrichment camp for under-served middle school students in the North Philadelphia area.

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About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and connect in emotional ways with others. In the U.S., innovative Hallmark greeting cards and gifts are sold through leading mass retailers, the network of Hallmark Gold Crown® specialty stores and online. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. Millions of households enjoy family friendly television programming offered by cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel and fast-growing Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark's Crayola subsidiary inspires artistic creativity in children through Crayola® crayons and markers as well as other innovative art tools, crafting activities and creative toys. Privately held Hallmark is based in Kansas City, Mo., and continues to be led by members of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com/ for more details. Connect at Hallmark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About the Blues Babe Foundation
The Blues Babe Foundation is committed to assisting students in underserved communities by providing programs that promote leadership and academic excellence. The brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and poet Jill Scott, the Blues Babe Foundation was formed for the purpose of nurturing college-bound students of color, artistically and academically. The foundation's scholarship program offers financial support and mentoring for students that have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees. In addition to its support of young people through their public schools, the Foundation also fulfills its mission by including support of community centers and community-focused organizations.


Fun Fact

The Hall Brothers "invented" modern gift wrap during Christmas 1917 when they ran out of solid-colored tissue paper and started selling decorated envelope linings.