2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships awarded

14 deserving art and design students will receive funding this school year

NEW YORK—August 5, 2014. Yathrib Ragsdale mentors minority, first generation, college bound students. Myles Thompson educates his college campus about African American art and culture. And Kawing Ng manages a Meetup group called VolunteerNY to bring together people who share a common goal of giving back to the community. These talented and dedicated students are among 14 recipients of the 2014–2015 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, awarded each year to art and design college students who demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.

This year marks a special milestone for the program—$1 million in scholarships have been awarded to date following a successful fundraising campaign. Founded in 1995, the program has now awarded tuition grants to 651 students studying fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography in the United States.

AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé noted, “The profession thrives on the creativity and perspective of young designers from diverse backgrounds, particularly those committed to making a real difference in the human experience, using creativity to defeat habit. AIGA is honored to be able to play a role in encouraging this young talent.”

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.

Mark Randall, principal at Worldstudio added, “When we launched the program almost twenty years ago it was hard to imagine a milestone of one million dollars. Over the years it has been rewarding to see many of our scholarship winners go on to do great things and have real impact in the profession. We look forward to continuing our support for the next generation of diverse and socially-minded talent.”

Learn more about this year’s recipients through portfolios and personal essays online.

About Worldstudio

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.

About AIGA

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, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, inspire designers and the public, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about.

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