Monday, May 10, 2010


The Teri A. DeShazo Memorial Art Scholarship is a tribute to a woman whose love and dedication to the field of arts and crafts was surpassed only by her devotion to her Christian faith. Throughout her life, Teri expressed her creative gifts through every avenue known to her - sewing, painting, pottery, floral designing and crafting. Teri shared her vision for art as well as her faith with all who knew her.

In 1970, Teri Welch graduated from high school in Monticello, Illinois, where she was the recipient of the "Most Outstanding Artist Award." She continued her art education at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where she won the "Parkland College President Christmas Card Design Contest" before graduating in 1973.

That same year, she married her high school sweetheart Phil DeShazo and joined him in South Korea where he was stationed with the U.S. Army. Soon after arriving, Teri began teaching art classes in their one-room hooch to the Korean children living nearby. After returning to the States, Teri began working as a florist and she and Phil welcomed their first child in 1976.

In 1983 after the births of two more children, Teri established her own craft business known as "God's Stuff Unlimited". She promoted this business through craft shows for six years until returning to college in 1989. Because of her strong desire to work with children, she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and graduated cum laude from Greenville College in 1991.

During her teaching career, Teri held full-time positions in the school districts of Greenville (1990-91), Mulberry Grove (1991-94), and Brownstown (1994-2002). She also completed her student teaching requirements at Altamont and substituted in most of the school systems within the regional area.

Teri received several recognitions for her design skills during her career. Most notable was the winnning of the statewide "1997 Illinois Education Association Pin Design Contest". The pin she designed was subsequently produced and worn by all the Illinois representatives to the IEA National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Two of Teri's original oil paintings are in print and have been dispersed nationwide. The prints are entitled "Follow Me" and "Rapture". They hang in several local hospital waiting rooms and churches. Later in her life Teri began to focus on large scale fiber art and designed several banners and flags to be used during praise and worship sessions. Many of these have been shared throughout Illinois with churches and organizations with which Teri was involved.

Teri was a tireless advocate for her students to further their art development and was deeply concerned about the future of art education. When her youngest daughter chose to pursue an art major, Teri was disappointed in the lack of art scholarships available in the area. Aware of these concerns after her passing, Phil and their three children Dana, Matthew and Christina established an art scholarship in her memory. Through this legacy Teri's favorite scripture is being fulfilled: she "shall not die, but live, to declare the works of the Lord." Psalms 118:17, KJV

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Scholarship Details

  • A $1,000 scholarship for Bond, Effingham or Fayette County high school seniors pursuing an advanced arts degree from an accredited program.

  • Scholarship is to be applied towards tuition and supplies.

  • Funds will be allocated upon proof of college enrollment; which may include a personal letter from your high school counselor or college advisor, or a copy of your college or university pre-registration. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Scholarship Requirements

  • A minimum 3.8 grade point average in art classes. Please included an official copy of your transcript.
  • 150 word essay on why art is important to you and your future goals.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from someone who has been influential in your art education.
  • List on separate sheet all additional training or volunteer work that has included an art purpose.
  • 5 samples of work representing at least 3 separate media. Media may include: drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design, textile, etc. Samples may be submitted as photographs or digital images on a CD, flash drive or a sd card.
  • Application must be postmarked by May 1. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

To Apply

Please print, complete and mail in the scholarship application below with your personal artwork samples to:

The Teri A. DeShazo Memorial Art Scholarship
c/o Philip DeShazo
184 Marina Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Please contact Philip DeShazo at, with any further questions.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


The "Teri A. DeShazo Memorial Art Scholarship" fund has been established as a non-profit charity. All contributions made to the fund are tax-deductible. Please contact Phil DeShazo at, if you would like to make an annual contribution in remembrance of Teri.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Past Scholarship Winners

2003: Gwen Stokes, Brownstown, IL
2005: Alex Schwarm, Brownstown, IL
2006: Brianna Blake, Effingham, IL
2009: Ethan Robertson, Greenville, IL
2010: Abigail Wendling, Altamont, IL
2012: Margaret Church, Effingham, IL
2013: Kelsy York, Altamont, IL
2015: Austin Baker, Effingham, IL
2018: Amanda Durbin, St. Elmo, IL