$1 Million Milestone Reached with the 2014-15 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Winners

September 15, 2014
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Three of the winners: Yathrib Ragsdale, Myles Thompson, and Kawing Ng.

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.”

See select winners highlighted below and learn more about all of this year’s recipients through their portfolios and personal essays online.

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