MSA student gets $2.76M in scholarship offers

Published 8:15 am Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Mississippi School of the Arts senior Taylor Herron has received a total of $2,765,347 in college scholarship offers from 38 colleges all over the nation.

A few of the most prestigious art colleges in the United States have offered Herron scholarships, including the Savannah College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute College of Act, Minneapolis College of Art & Design and Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Herron plans to attend OCAD in LA.

A prior student at Germantown High in Madison, Herron was accepted into MSA’s Visual Arts program for her junior and senior high school years. She has received numerous state, regional and national awards for her art including Gold and Silver Keys and an American Visions Award in Scholastic Arts at the regional and national competitions, a National New York Life Scholarship and has won the Congressional Art Competition more than once including “Overall Winner” with her artwork hung in the United States Capitol.

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At MSA, she has been chosen Miss MSA, Hall of Fame, Prom Court, vice president of the Diversity Club and floor representative for the Student Government Association.

“Make the effort to apply and don’t be scared to branch out,” is what high school students should do when applying for college scholarships, Herron said. “Make sure to stay in contact with your admissions counselor and contacts at the schools you have applied at, and always be appreciative, humble and gracious.”

Herron also attributed the support and encouragement she received from art instructor Maurice Calvert and MSA’s Senior Seminar Class in helping her achieve success.

“When I think of Taylor, her work habits, her art and her scholarship offers, I think about how decisive, distinct, lively and creative she and her work are,” Calvert said. “She is a legend in the making!”

Herron will graduate with her class on Friday, May 26. Her advise to incoming MSA juniors is to have a strong work ethic and find the fun in their work.

“Stay positive — negativity can stop you in your tracks,” she said. “And remember to be appreciative, humble and gracious,” she reiterated.

MSA is an 11th and 12th grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located on the historic Whitworth College campus in Brookhaven. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts, filmmaking/media arts and theatre. Students interested in MSA apply their sophomore year. In addition to MSA students consistently winning awards for their work on the state, regional and national levels, the school holds the No. 2 highest ACT average in the state.

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