Digital art by Bering Straits Native Katelyn Foster
Published September 5, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE– Earlier this year Native News Online reported on the new Dream Warriors scholarship developed by Tanaya Winder, Southern Ute/Duckwater Shoshone/Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations, and a collective of American Indian rappers and activists that would be given to an outstanding high school senior wanting to pursue the arts.
“We [want to] thank our team of scholarship readers who are Indian Educators or work in Higher Ed from all across the country who have been instrumental in the implementation of the scholarship,” says Winder.
Cranes at Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo by Katelyn Foster
Out of the nationwide search, one student stood out among the rest—a young woman by the name of Katelyn Foster, Bering Straits Native Corporation. Foster was born and raised in Alaska and has dreams of becoming a storyteller and animator at Pixar.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else for a career. There are many areas in the art world that I’d love to be a part of such as films or TV or comic books, but animation is my number one area of interest,” says Foster.
During high school, Foster utilized her artistic skills in various clubs. She was a part of her high school drama club, where she designed props, puppets, and sets. For three years, Foster participated in the Japanese National Honors Society, where she learned to fundraise and helped create thousands of paper cranes to gift to children in local and international children’s hospitals.
“I’m always looking for something interesting that’ll really catch my attention or tell a good story,” says Katelyn.
Come this fall, Katelyn will be using her scholarship to achieve this goal at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Once there she will learn all the intricacies and the multiple levels of development that go into 2D and 3D animation.
After college, Katelyn hopes to one day become a successful leader in the arts and encourage others to pursue their passions. She goes onto say, “I would love to create many pieces of art that are inspired by Alaska and its people, and show them to the rest of the world. That way I can always have my own piece of Alaska with me.”
She would like to thank her friends, family, teachers, and the Dream Warriors Management for helping her along. With their support, she will go much further in life than she’s ever imagined.