Florida A&M University's Kah'Milah Ledgester decided to go out on a limb and take advantage of two separate design competitions last year, and it paid off beautifully for this graphic design student!

Ledgester entered Target's 2021 "HBCU Black History Month Design Challenge" and JCPenney's "Young, Gifted, and Black Design Challenge" last spring, and Ledgester ultimately won both separate competitions. Resultingly, she earned the chance to have her designs featured in retailers throughout the country.

"I always get a little excited because of the fact that I did the Target challenge, and I also did JCPenney and won both of them. It made me feel very good because I took a chance," Ledgester said. "I remember being in my room drawing this, and I was just, 'Oh, let's see what happens.'"

On top of this tremendous honor, Ledgester—who reps both FAMU and her hometown of Adel, Georgia—received some massive prizes. Target awarded the college senior $3,000 in cash, a laptop, and access to a design boot camp course to further hone her craft. As for JCPenney, the retailer provided Ledgester with $2,000 and access to a professional mentorship program. She also got the opportunity to be featured in a Target commercial late last year.