Barbizon of Akron graduate, Briana Lehman, won Barbizon's $100,000 college scholorship in 2010. Now that Briana has graduated High School this year, we wanted to give you an update and share her thoughts now on receiving the scholorship and her plans for college. Briana's mother Cheryl also shared with us her thoughts on her daughters endless opportunities and bright future.
Briana applied and was accepted to a very prestigious college in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University for which she will be leaving in August. She has recently returned to Ohio after attending her college orientation and said she just loved the school. Here is what Briana had to say about what she thinks about winning the scholorship now; "The scholorship made it possible to go to school and live long-term in one of the greatest cities in the world for modeling and acting. Without the Barbizon scholorship I would never have had the opportunity to even look at schools out here." Briana went on to say she is "so grateful and happy to be living the life I've always dreamed. I am very excited to see where my life takes me, all thanks to the Barbizon scholorship."
Briana's mother Cheryl chimed in and gave us a parents perspective on what the scholorship means to her and what it was like to share this big moment in Briana's life. "While Briana was at her two-day student orientation, I attended the concurrent parent orientation. Parents [at the orientation] were given so much helpful information. It is a very expensive, private university and a great deal of time was spent discussing payments, financial aid, and loans. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have to try to pay for this school."
Cheryl told us that without the Barbizon scholorship she doesn't think Briana would have even applied to her dream school and would have most likely selected a state school that would fit their budget more comfortably. Cheryl says the scholorship "has really opened up the world to [Briana]."
We at Barbizon of Akron couldn't be more proud that because of the scholorship Briana was awarded, she is now able to chase her dreams out in Los Angeles. We are looking forward to great things from this beautiful and intelligent young lady with a future filled with endless possibilities.