About - Hands of Grace / Rae Of Light
     Hands of Grace - Rae of Light  is a global charity event 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- Kirsten Stefanek: 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
Kirsten Stefanek with the 10 Year $10,000.00 Music / Arts / Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Kirsten 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. We look forward to what the future holds for Kirsten in her music endeavors as we know she will touch the lives of MILLIONS in a very positive way. 

     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.   

A Message From Kirsten:

​​​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

       Albert Einstein said, “I see my life in terms of music.” I feel the same way. Music is my earliest memory and it influences my life every day. I am honored to be part of an organization that provides opportunities for students who see their life in music to pursue their dream.

Kirsten Stefanek~

           We are so very excited to announce our brand new scholarship honoring the music and life of our featured artist Kirsten Stefanek. Her contributions both in terms of music and the positive message she shares in her lyrics, as well as the positive way that she utilizes her public platform are touching lives around the world. Kirsten is truly an "artist's artist" , incredibly gifted, not being afraid to push the envelope musically, not afraid to share her heart in ways that encourage others to embrace who they are. She is almost effortlessly such a powerful role model to so many with her kind, encouraging, loving spirit. We are honored to include her in our scholarship line up.  

Our Mission

     The mission of the Hands of Grace / Rae of Light- Kirsten Stefanek 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 2020

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