Emily’s Hope Announces Inaugural Art Scholarship Recipient

Senior photo of Rachel koeppe the recipient of the 2024 Emily's hope Art Scholarship

Emily’s Hope is proud to announce Rachel Koeppe, a graduating senior from Rosholt High School in Rosholt, SD, as the recipient of the first-ever Emily’s Hope Art Scholarship. Rachel was selected from a pool of nine applicants for her exceptional talent, dedication to community service, and inspiring vision for her future in the arts.

The Emily’s Hope Art Scholarship, managed through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, supports graduating seniors in South Dakota who are pursuing a degree or field of study in art with a special emphasis on visual art. This scholarship honors the legacy of Emily, a prolific painter, by fostering the next generation of artists who will continue to enrich the art world.

Rachel Koeppe plans to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead this fall, where she will pursue a degree in art education with a minor in art therapy. Rachel has been actively involved in her school and community, serving as National Honor Society President, yearbook editor, and a band and choir member. She has demonstrated her commitment to service in her community by leading numerous volunteer efforts, including creating and donating handmade clay earrings to women at The Perry Center in Fargo, ND.

In her scholarship application, Rachel shared her passion for art and its therapeutic potential:

Rachel Koeppe's Graphite pencil on paper artwork titled The illusion of Self Obsession that was submitted with her Emily's Hope Art Scholarship application
Rachel’s artwork that was submitted with her application

Rachel’s ultimate career goal is to work as an art specialist at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, conducting therapeutic art activities with patients. She is also interested in becoming an activity director at an assisted living facility or leading community art classes. Rachel aspires to sell her artwork on the side and create pieces for galleries such as the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND.

Rachel’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident through her Etsy shop, HandmadebyRachCo, where she sells miniature polymer clay sculptures as necklaces. These sculptures are inspired by nature scenes and custom orders from national parks and other cherished locations.

Rachel’s artwork and dedication to using her talent to make a difference align perfectly with Emily’s Hope’s mission. We are thrilled to support her educational journey and look forward to seeing her future contributions to the art and mental health fields.