Young Rembrandts of Milwaukee Awards HS Scholarship
The franchisees that make up the Young Rembrandts community do incredible things on a daily basis. This year we've been celebrating our 30th Anniversary by shining a spotlight on our franchisees and their powerful relationships within their communities. We are so blessed to have such amazing people on this journey to impact and change education.
A Menomonee Falls High School senior has received the first ever high school scholarship from the Milwaukee chapter of the Young Rembrandts organization.
Jenna Lockwood, who plans to pursue a degree in psychology at North Park University in Chicago, was presented with the scholarship by the Young Rembrandts of Milwaukee founder Don Eisenhauer for $543.21 at Menomonee Falls High School's Scholarship Night event hosted by the Menomonee Falls Scholarship & Education Foundationon May 30. Eisenhauer set that amount to differentiate his scholarship from the rest, which were $500 scholarships. Lockwood was a student in the programs at Young Rembrandts when she was younger.
Eisenhauer's journey to start the chapter of the organization started after he lost his engineering job through company downsizing in 2011. He attended a franchisee event at the State Fair, and later learned more about Young Rembrandts, an art education organization founded in 1988 by Bette Fetter. The organization started with Fetter working with children in her home and has grown into an international franchise business. Learning more about Young Rembrandts got Eisenhauser thinking about his love of serving the community.
"When I saw what it was, I just absolutely fell in love with the opportunity," Eisenhauer said. "I think looking back, because of some of the things that I had done in my life like having been on the school board, having coached, my wife is an educator. All these things that I was seeing where art and creative growth opportunities for children were being diminished in our schools."
"I saw this as a need because I truly believe that the future success of future employees has much more to do going forward with creative, right-brain ability than left-brain ability," Eisenhauer said.
About Young Rembrandts:
For 30 years, Young Rembrandts has taught the power of drawing to children. It partners with day care centers, pre-schools, elementary schools and community recreation centers to supply or augment the existing art program. Young Rembrandts teaches drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts to children aged 3 ½ to 12.
The proprietary method and step-by-step curriculum dispels the myth that art is a talent a child has or doesn’t have, and demonstrates that art can be learned by all children. Children taught using this method develop increased patience, discipline and focus as well as a host of artistic skills such as art history, drawing and art skills, and expanded creativity, imagination and confidence.