Our Stories: Delna Dastur, Volunteer

Delna Dastur photoDelna Dastur, Volunteer, is a professional working artist.  She teaches at the Smithsonian Institution and at the Art League in Alexandria.  Alice Wang, the co-founder of Esperanza, took a few of Delna’s abstract art classes and approached her to be the featured artist at their annual gala. Moved by the dedication of the hardworking, volunteer-led group, Delna felt compelled to become fully involved with Esperanza. She helps read student applications – a very difficult task for her since she feels that each and every one of the applicants deserves a scholarship to further their education.

Delna has a B.A. in English and French from the University of Bombay. She continued her studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, from where she earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Art History. This was followed by an MFA in painting from American University. She exhibits her mixed media work internationally. It can be viewed on www.delnadastur.com.

Delna feels privileged that her entire education in the United States, both at Wellesley and at American University, was paid for through full scholarships – the only possible way for her to have continued with her studies. She knows firsthand how important it is for these richly deserving students to be awarded life-changing scholarships.

I’m moved by the dedication and hard work of Esperanza’s volunteers, and that inspired me to get involved.