The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has announced the recipients of its SGIA Scholarships for 2017. The winners, who were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships, represented Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), College of the Ozarks, Georgia Southern University, Illinois State University, Pittsburgh State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Samantha Keller (Goodhue, Minnesota), University of Wisconsin-Stout, Major: Cross-Media Graphics Management
Flora Lawson (Hartville, Missouri), College of the Ozarks, Major: Graphic Arts
Lea Layva (Seneca, Missouri), Pittsburg State University, Major: Graphic Communications
Sylvia Ma (Toronto, Ontario), Ryerson University, Major: Graphic Communications Management
Kayla Mattson (Germantown, Illinois), Illinois State University, Major: Graphic Communications
Chad McCartney (Branson, Missouri), College of the Ozarks, Major: Graphic Arts
Heidi McClain (Fayetteville, Georgia), Georgia Southern University, Major: Graphic Design. Minor: Graphic Communications Management
Mitchell Morgan (Maplewood, Minnesota), Rochester Institute of Technology, Major: Media Arts and Technology
Maya Seto (Toronto, Ontario), Ryerson University, Major: Graphic Communications Management
Amanda Whyte (Markham, Ontario), Ryerson University, Major: Graphic Communications Management
The SGIA selected the recipients from a pool of 32 applicants based on academic achievements, a demonstrated commitment to a career in graphic communications, printing technology or printing management, extracurricular activities, financial need, a one-page essay, and academic and professional recommendations.
Each student received $2,000 to support their plans to attend a post-secondary education in the Fall 2017 semester at an active SGIA educational institution member school.
“These scholarships do more than help promising, hard-working students advance on their career paths in our exciting industry. They help SGIA strengthen our industry and its future workforce,” said Erin Nuss, Associate Manager of Education at the SGIA. “Judging by the applications, the future of our industry is in very good hands.”
The scholarships are funded by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Foundation, SGIA’s non-profit educational affiliate, which is supported by generous donations from both endowment investors and industry leaders.