This Year’s Winner of Closet Tec’s Wallace E. Smith Young Designer Scholarship

We had the chance to talk to this year’s young designer scholarship winner, Hannah Brady.


“One summer, during a camp I was attending, I got the chance to volunteer at a nursing home for a few days. I was able to play music, play games, and just spend time with the residents there. The place that was normally very quiet was not full of joy and laughter. What really struck me was how they did not often have visitors, but that my mere presence put a smile on their face. By taking just a little bit of time out of my day, I could brighten someone else’s. It made me realize that doing good does not always have to be about some grand project. Sometimes it can just be about doing something simple that makes someone smile. After that camp, I volunteered a few more times at that nursing home, because I really enjoyed helping out. It taught me a lesson that I will not forget. Although I was the one who went there to help, they helped me learn something too.”

– Hannah Brady


How do you think art impacts communities?

Hannah: Art can have an extremely positive impact on communities. It can draw them together and express the feelings of the people who live there. It is a positive and healthy outlet for everyone. Having programs of the arts builds character of the people in the community and strengthens the community as a whole.


What are some of your goals and aspirations when it comes to your college education?

Hannah: My goals in college are to get the tools I need to follow God’s will most effectively. I want a good education in music so I can take it and do what God wants me to do with it. I’m not sure where he is taking me yet, but I am excited to find out.


Do you have a dream career goal you’re comfortable sharing? What is it?

Hannah: Honestly, right now, my goals after college are up in the air. I am open to anything. I trust that when the time comes, God will show me exactly where I am supposed to be.


What do you love about art and design? 

Hannah: Art really speaks to the soul. Whatever form it comes in. Whether it’s 2D, 3D, theatrical, musical, it doesn’t make a difference. It can express our innermost thoughts and desires and speak to that in others. It is an outlet through which I pour out my being. God created the arts the same way he created nature. When we create or appreciate it, we are worshiping him.


How did you feel when you won the Closet Tec scholarship?

Hannah: I felt super blessed to receive the scholarship. Going to college has always been a goal of mine, and I honestly wasn’t sure how financially it would happen. God has been taking care of it, and he really used this to provide. Thank you to all the wonderful people at Closet Tec, who are giving me a chance to do what I love.


Good luck and congratulations, Hannah! We hope that whatever your goals might be in life, you thrive and succeed to the fullest.