Students Receive Mohawk Paper Award in Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program

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Worldstudio AIGA recently announced the winners of its annual scholarship program which included three students chosen to receive the Mohawk Paper Award and six students who received honorable mentions.

All of these students show just how much great potential is out there. We consider it very rewarding to participate in the nurturing and support of the next generation of designers, and the diversification of the graphic design industry

Worldstudio AIGA recently announced the winners of its annual scholarship program which included three students chosen to receive the Mohawk Paper Award and six students who received honorable mentions. Each of these award winners was presented with a $2,000 scholarship for the 2007/2008 academic year at the AIGA Legends Design Gala in September of this year. The students who received honorable mentions received $250 scholarships.

Award winners Sana Ali, a University of Texas graduate student; and Edwin Olivera, a senior at the University of Memphis, each submitted entries in the category of Graphic Design. Patrick Anderson, a freshman at the School of Visual Arts, entered into the category of Illustration.

Mark Randall, Principal, Worldstudio Foundation, manages the scholarship program in conjunction with AIGA. "We are so impressed by the amount of talent and passion in the education community. This program is about talent and substance rather than pure style. This program is to help diversify the thinking, creativity, and social economics of the design industry by helping students who are working on substantive issues to further continue their studies," he said.

This year's jurors for Design and Illustration included Steven Guarnaccia, Illustration Chair for Parsons School of Design; Edel Rodriguez of TIME Magazine; Rafael Esquer from Alfalfa; and Barbara Glauber of Heavy Meta had more than 500 entries to consider. "It's always a hard for the jurors to choose the scholarship recipients. Ultimately, the standout students are those who go beyond displaying just talent, and in addition demonstrate a commitment to giving back to their community through the work they are doing," said Randall.

2006/2007 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program Mohawk Paper Award Recipients
Sana Ali works to create an awareness of the Muslim community and explores the misrepresentation of Muslims in American Society after 9/11. She also explores through design, the War on Terror and the effect the media has on perception and stereotypes.

Edwin Olivera plans to continue toward a graduate design degree with which he will return to his native Bolivia to work on social campaigns. Through design he will explore how a positive shift in attitude and renovation can cultivate better education and a stronger national identity.

Patrick Anderson's goal has always been to one day share his visions of interior spaces with others and allow them to experience and be included in his passion through painting and drawing. He plans to study at an art conservatory and thus embark on a lifelong journey in the visual arts.

Students who received the Mohawk Paper Honorable Mention are: Christopher Lyle, a freshman at Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Caroline Park, a graduate student at California Institute of the Arts; Emilia Wiles, a graduate student at Parsons, The New School for Design; Tameka Norris, a sophomore at Otis College of Art and Design; Venice Christina-Marie McCurdy, a graduate student at the School of Art Institute of Chicago; and Marilyn Montufar, a junior at the School of Visual Arts.

"All of these students show just how much great potential is out there. We consider it very rewarding to participate in the nurturing and support of the next generation of designers, and the diversification of the graphic design industry," said Laura Shore, Senior Vice President, Communications, Mohawk Fine Paper.

A total of 21 students received scholarships this year through the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program. There were also 10 honorable mentions, which included six Mohawk Paper Honorable Mentions. For more information on the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program or to view the full list of award winners, honorable mentions, and jurors, visit http://www.aiga.org.

For more information visit http://www.mohawkpaper.com or call 1-800 the mill.

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