Ebell Scholar, now Member and Club Photographer, Julie Hopkins
I believe that when we focus on building strength
from acquired experiences, we often live a very fulfilling life no
matter how different our final goal is from that which we originally
perceived it should be. – Julie Hopkins
Every year since 1919, the Ebell has awarded scholarships to students seeking to continue their education through community college or university. And while one imagines the recipients of these scholarships to be in their early adulthood, that isn’t always the case. Julie Hopkins is just such an example of continuing education being continuous through life.
After dancing for years in ballet companies from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo and Zurich, Julie Hopkin’s long career in ballet concluded, barely into her 30s, Julie sought a new livelihood; one that would continue to expand her creative expression, though she wasn’t exactly sure what that would be. “Ultimately we want our education to help us lead a more fulfilling and successful, life,” Julie shared with this year’s Ebell Scholarship Award Recipients as guest speaker at the Ebell Scholarship Presentation and Banquet. Thus, Julie Hopkins started fresh, looking to art restoration as her new career path, and attending Loyola Marymount University with help from the Ebell Scholarship Program and working several years for two prominent fine art galleries in Los Angeles, Herbert Palmer Fine Arts and George Stern Fine Arts.”
Ultimately, Julie found her creative expression and passion behind the camera, and is now a professional photographer. In fact, Julie returned to the Ebell and became a member of the very organization that believed in her dreams and talent. As Camera Creations, Julie Hopkins is the official Ebell Club Photographer. Her scholarship, her membership, and her craftsmanship are all a part of the Ebell legacy, continuing the path of “finding a way or making one”, the motto established by the women of the Ebell nearly 100 years ago.
“Relish in the fact that the final goal may be somewhat, or totally, different than you originally planned, but it is something that you created with each-step- along-the-way,” Julie concluded. Wise words from a gracious, creative and generous woman. We couldn’t be prouder.