2013–2014 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships awarded
18 deserving art and design students will receive funding this school year
NEW YORK—July 11, 2013. Eighteen talented and socially engaged college students have been selected to receive a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship this year. Each of these promising young design and art students has the potential to shape the profession, and they were selected for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and their communities. The potential impact of the scholarship on their careers is hard to overstate: Eddie Opara, a partner at Pentagram in New York, Mika Tajima, an artist who has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, and Willy Wong, creative director for NYC & Company, are all past recipients of the award.
Since it was started by AIGA and Worldstudio in 1995, the program has been gaining momentum: more than $974,000 has now been awarded to 655 students studying fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography in the United States. The goal is to reach $1 million in scholarships by 2014, beginning with an online fundraising campaign.
The 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.
Worldstudio is a strategy and communications firm in New York City that builds bridges between clients and communities to enable positive social change. Worldstudio’s unique approach, combined with its creativity and business experience, consistently delivers on its mission of helping inspired companies make a difference.
AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about.
For further information, please contact:
Jennifer Bender, director of communications and marketing
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