For Immediate Release
March 12, 2024
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Jasmine C. Houston, Powerhouse PR

(BPRW) Dare to Dream Big: Launch Your Creative Journey with The Juanita A. Portlock Memorial Scholarship & Business Stipend

(Black PR Wire) The Juanita A. Portlock Memorial Scholarship Fund, in collaboration with Juanita’s Red Room, is thrilled to extend an invitation to aspiring students and emerging entrepreneurs. This distinguished Scholarship and Business Stipend Program is more than financial aid—it's a beacon for those who dare to redefine the boundaries of creativity and innovation in their fields.

Aimed at nurturing talent in areas ranging from cosmetology/barbering, culinary arts, event planning, fashion design, and hospitality management to interior design, the initiative is committed to not just impacting financial burdens, but to catalyzing a movement of change-makers poised to leave an indelible mark on their industries and communities.

Who We're Looking For:

  • Aspiring Students: High school seniors (Class of 2024) or current college attendees with a zest for academic/creative excellence and a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Emerging Entrepreneurs: Visionaries in the developing stages of business with less than $50,000 in annual sales and in operation for less than three years.

What You'll Gain:

  • Financial backing and recognition at the prestigious Annual Scholarship Fundraising Tea & Brunch on August 24, 2024, where dreams and diligence are celebrated.
  • A network of peers and industry leaders, ready to collaborate and inspire, marking a significant milestone in your journey.

Application Essentials:

  • Academic transcripts and recommendation letters that mirror your ambition.
  • A compelling essay that brings your innovative solutions for business funding challenges to light.

This call to action is for those ready to embrace their destiny, to transform passion into profession, and to build upon the legacy of a woman, Juanita A. Portlock, whose life was a testament to the power of community and creativity.

Announcing Our 2024 Advisory Board Members: We are proud to introduce the esteemed 2024 Advisory Board Members who will be guiding this year's scholarship and stipend program:

  • Connie Bass
  • Marcia Darden
  • Warren George
  • Bridget Harper
  • Frenchye M. Harris
  • Lisa J. Jackson
  • Zion Otaño
  • Tonya Thompson
  • Valerie Williams

Their expertise and dedication will play a pivotal role in steering our mission towards empowering the next generation of creative minds.

Dare to Dream. Dream Big. Apply Today. The application deadline is April 24, 2024.

For further details and to initiate your application journey, please visit: or email:

Let’s embark on this journey together, where your aspirations meet our support, and together, we redefine what’s possible while expanding the definition of fine arts.

Press Contact: Ms. Jasmine C. Houston, Press Relations Manager, Powerhouse PR,