Its taken me rather long to recount of my experience of being one of the NYWICI Foundation scholarship recipients as well as attending the Matrix Awards 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria. Perhaps that’s the reason I titled this post “If only words were enough.” So, in my attempt to relive the momentous luncheon, I would first and foremost like to thank the foundation board at NYWICI for the privilege to be among such amazing, fulfilled and successful women.
I applied for the New York Women in Communications scholarship without the full understanding of what I would be a part of, if I were to receive the scholarship. I knew the scholarship was different from every other scholarship I applied for, but I had no idea the kinds of opportunities that would be coming my way as a result of it.
So, when I received the call that out of a large pool of applicants, I was, as Catherine Carlozzi would say “counted among the brightest young women in communications” my entire body went numb. The invitation to the 2012 Matrix Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria quickly conjured up an emotion of gratitude from within me.
Attending the Matrix Awards was indeed remarkable. All 18 of the scholarship recipients were treated like royalty and “semi-equated” to the women that were being honored that day. The gorgeous fluorescent lights dazzled upon our faces showing our natural glow. The hall was gorgeously decorated and the tables were immaculately set with a gorgeous lunch entrée. It all felt like a dream.
This dream included: getting our outfits from The Limited, getting our hair and makeup done before the event and getting the chance to attend the VIP reception with Ann Curry, Tyra Banks, Glenn Close, Zenia Mucha, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Peggy Noonan, Pat Kiernan, AND Michael Roth (CEO of IPG).
The most gratifying moment of the entire luncheon was to know that all the women, and the men, who were either being awarded that day or who were members/supporters of the NYWICI foundation are rooting for the18 of us to do more than they’ve done or will do. The support system we have truly ensures that each one of us will become leading youths in our generation.
The financial support of the scholarship is one thing but actually having the backing of many of the top professionals in the communications field, personally, makes my dreams limitless.