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Brenda Rangel Guevara

The distance is less than two blocks, but it’s a huge step for Brenda Rangel Guevera.

Rangel Guevara is transferring to Columbus College of Art & Design this fall after two years at Columbus State. The way is paved by a $55,000 Presidential Scholarship from CCAD. The 20-year-old Centennial High School grad plans to study fashion design.

“I like making people happy. I like dressing people up like little Barbie dolls. If I can’t find something that fits, I can just go and make it,” Rangel Guevara said.

Her style alternates between playful and sophisticated, Rangel Guevara said. “And I can’t choose.”

Rangel Guevara studied fashion design for two years at Columbus’ Fort Hayes magnet school, but set it aside after graduation to pursue physical therapy. At Columbus State, she completed general education classes and started on her science electives – but found her heart was still in fashion. 

She debuted her first collection at a RAW:Columbus show this spring, and was accepted into a show for Miss Ohio Latina Pageant this spring. But the scholarship sealed the deal, even convincing a skeptical mother that this was the right career path.

“Mom said this is a big sign that you should definitely do this,” Rangel Guevara said. “She could tell that this is what I really want to do.”

In addition to the scholarship, Rangel Guevara is starting at CCAD with two years of college already under her belt. Columbus State’s Transfer Programs allow students to fulfill the first two years of their bachelor’s degree at our lower tuition costs and smaller class sizes.

“Columbus State is a great place to start if you don’t know what you want to do,” Rangel Guevara said. “At the end of it, you’ll see how helpful it was.”