Barbara McDowell served as president of the Shaw Communities Ministry and worked on its college Scholarship program. Kesiah John-Paul was one of the scholarship students that Barbara supported. With her scholarship assistance, Kesiah attended New York University School of the Arts.
Upon graduation in June of 2014, Kesiah joined the cast of the Book of Mormon on Broadway. Attached here is the Playbill announcing Kesiah joining the case and her thank you letter to Jerry Hartman for her scholarship support.