Our Mission

     The mission of the Hands of Grace / Rae of Light- Avery Raquel Honorary Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to deserving students attending post-secondary school in the United States or Canada. The program was developed with the goal of directly assisting individuals within our community who are working towards achieving their career goals in music/arts/performing arts. Students MUST BE ENROLLED IN AT LEAST ONE MUSIC MUSIC / ARTS / PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM PER SEMESTER. 

Scholarship Details & Eligibility

• Deadline: November 30, 2020 11:59 pm CT  (USA)
• Award Amount: $500  / Number of Scholarships -2 (1- USA / 1 Canadian) 

• Applicants must: 
• Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or legal resident.  

• Be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited university, college, or     technical  school, AND be enrolled in at least one music / arts / performing arts course per semester.
• Have or maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (Or US Equivalent)

     Applicants may NOT be of direct relation (children, grandchildren, sibling, parent or grandparent) of employees, employees, volunteers, former employees, or owners of Hands of Grace  / Rae of Light, Heart of Indie Radio or its sponsors or vendors.

     Note that scholarship funds will be paid directly to the student to maximize the students’ award and allow them to distribute it as they see fit, either towards tuition, housing, books, or other educational materials. It is the awarded student’s responsibility to remit to Rae of Light the appropriate information to confirm the student’s enrollment at a university, college, or technical school for the 2020-2021 school year.

The scholarship will be awarded in January 2021

How To Apply

     To apply, write your essay and included all the required information on a separate sheet. Return the completed application with signed applicant's statement, proof of enrollment, proof of GPA, and essay to info@handsofgrace-raeoflight.com or Handsofgrace.raeoflight@gmail.com

Note that scholarship applications will only be accepted via email.  

Mailed or hand-delivered applications cannot be considered.

Essay Criteria

     Eligible students must write an essay (that is at least 500 words and no more than 1000 words in length) that conveys why specifically the student is interested in the music or art industry, and how this scholarship will help them achieve their goals. Essays will be evaluated on structure, grammar/mechanics, language, and content. The essays will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of volunteers within the Houston, Texas community. The chosen essays may also be used by  Hands of Grace /Rae of Light in their mission as a nonprofit organization.  The winning student will need to provide a photo of themselves for the announcement on our web site and social media. 

Contact Information

Hands of Grace / Rae of Light 
Heart of Indie Radio
Email: Handsofgrace-raeoflight@gmail.com 
Houston/ Nashville

We are so very excited to announce our scholarship honoring the music and life of independent music artist, actress, and entertainer Avery Raquel.  Avery is a very courageous young artist not at all afraid to push the envelope and set a whole new standard musically speaking. In her quest to chase her own dreams she simultaneously encourages and inspires other aspiring artists around the world to take that big leap of faith and chase their own dreams. Avery balances family time, college classes, rehearsals, performances, co-hosts an international radio program (The Memphis Show) on Heart of Indie Radio, yet still finds time to serve as a featured artist and full team member of Hands of Grace-Rae of Light in an ongoing effort to give back. Her dedication to children's charities, music education, as well as helping promote the awareness, education, and prevention of teen suicide is admirable. We know that Avery will continue to serve as a powerfully inspiring role model as she moves forward in her career and over the next decade she will encourage other artists to engage in the arts and fulfill their own potential. 

​​Total Scholarship Fund: $10,000.00

$1,000.00 per year for 10 years. 

Students : Music / Arts / Performing Arts

United States / Canada:  $500.00 (USD) Schoalrships (2)

1- USA  1- Canadian

These scholarships will be offered on an annual basis to students who meet the criteria as outlined below. 

Note= This is a 10 year scholarship. A new recipient will be chosen each year from the annual submitted applications.

The application process opens on June 15, 2020 


About - Hands of Grace / Rae Of Light
     Hands of Grace - Rae of Light is a global charity designed to support the medical needs of children whose family cannot afford the child's necessary medical needs. The hospitals supported include Shriner’s Hospital For Children and Texas Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Hands of Grace supports maintaining music education in schools and extra-curricular community-based music programs designed to provide an educational and motivating musical experience for needy children. Rae of Light is a new branch of the campaign sparked by the tragic loss of Madison Rae Torres, with a focus on keeping her memory and spirit alive through promoting love, kindness, tolerance, anti-bullying at the school and community level. In addition, we strive to increase education about and reduction of teen suicide globally. 

About- Avery Raquel: Music / Arts / Performing Arts Scholarship

     Hands of Grace / Rae Of Light has decided to honor the lifetime achievements and dedication to music, education and kindness of 
Avery Raquel with the 10 Year $10,000.00 Music / Arts / Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Avery is contributing a significant portion of her life to the music industry and to giving so much of herself, always willing to give back. We are truly excited to honor her here as she is the embodiment of our various programs. Avery utilizes her global platform to encourage, to inspire the dreamers to embrace who they are and to chase their dreams. We look forward to what the future holds for Avery in her music and various other endeavors as we know she will touch the lives of MILLIONS in a very positive way. Avery is slowly raising the bar every time she picks up a microphone.  We are incredibly excited to see what she does next. 

     This scholarship is designed to help encourage students who are interested in a career in music, arts or performing arts attain a more well-rounded education in their field of choice.   

Avery Raquel Honorary Scholarship