Senior builds bright future as an architect with art college scholarship
Senior builds bright future as an architect with art college scholarship
Posted on 04/13/2018
Student in front of four pencil drawings of different styles of homes

Torrel Sparks’ dream of becoming architect has proven  to be built on a solid foundation.

Sparks, a senior at Henry Ford II High School, has accepted a $72,000 scholarship to attend art Milwaukee College to follow through on a life goal of becoming an interior designer.

The scholarship, he said, has been made possible through his experiences in Utica Community Schools, particularly his art and architecture design courses.

“These teachers helped me expand my abilities to paint and multi-media,” he said. “It has helped me find what I want to do in the future.”

The scholarship was awarded through the admissions office based on a portfolio submitted by Sparks.

“They saw potential in what I was doing,” he said. “It made me really good that I earned something out of what I love to do.”

Sparks works in pencil, pen and water colors and has created a niche in drawing designs of houses.

He said the focus has spurred a career goal of using the scholarship and art background to become an architect.

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design. MIAD is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 42 leading art schools in the United States and Canada.

After visiting the school with his family, Sparks said he felt the college “was a good fit” for his career goals.

“It is a smaller school that is more diverse and right in the heart of Milwaukee. I am really a city person at heart.”