NEW YORK–July 16, 2012. Jonathan Torres mentors high school students in a YMCA Youth Institute. Ajani Takahashi Lofton strives to fight against selfishness and prejudice through graphic novels. And Kyle Lopes aims to serve as a role model for fellow art and design students by leading his school’s Latino and Asian alliances. These talented and dedicated students are among the 24 worthy recipients of 2012/2013 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to college students studying art and design in the United States who also demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility. The scholarship program’s primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions and to foster an ethic of social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow. To this end, scholarship recipients were selected not only for their ability and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work. “Creativity has enormous potential for social change,” says Worldstudio partner Mark Randall. “These are the artists and designers of tomorrow who will make a difference in their communities.”
AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé added, “Worldstudio AIGA scholarships reflect an appreciation for the extraordinary potential of the creative mind and the true value of joining excellence and diversity in the interest of social and environmental improvement. We are delighted to be able to recognize the potential of these young designers to achieve all these aspirations.”
Since 1995, AIGA and Worldstudio have awarded more than $900,000 to minority and economically disadvantaged college students who are studying fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography. Each year, more than 500 students apply for these scholarships, with 20 or 30 students ultimately receiving tuition grants.
The students’ work and personal essays are on display at www.aiga.org/2012-2013-Worldstudio-AIGA-Scholarship-Winners/.
About WorldstudioWorldstudio is an innovative strategy and communications firm in New York City that builds bridges between their clients and communities to enable positive social change. Their unique approach, combined with their creativity and more than 17 years of experience, consistently delivers on their mission of helping inspired organizations make a difference.
About AIGAAIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA today serves more than 22,000 members through 66 chapters and 200 student groups throughout the United States. AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers.
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