Ryerson University students are winners as SGIA awards $30,000 in scholarships

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has announced the 2018 recipients of its annual scholarship. The 15 students, representing eight colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S., were chosen from more than 200 applicants. Each student received $2,000 to support his or her plans to attend post-secondary education in the Fall 2018 semester at an active SGIA Educational Institution member school. The winners from Ryerson University’s School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) in  Toronto were Edwin Bang (Freshman) and Natalie Hague (Sophomore). A small group of SGIA committee members evaluated students based on their academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to a career in graphic communications, printing technology or printing management skills, extracurricular activities, financial need, a one-page essay, and academic and professional recommendations.

Erin Nuss.
Erin Nuss.

Erin Nuss, Manager of Academic and Training Programs at SGIA, said that the selection process was quite challenging. “We had such a large field of students to choose from – more than six times as many as in 2017 – and the applications were so strong,” she added. “The industry has a lot to look forward to with these students coming into the workforce.”

The other winners included:

Emily Anderson, Senior, Graphic Communication, and Cecilia Voigt, Senior, Graphic Communication – California Polytechnic State University

Eva Lorah, Freshman, Graphics & Multimedia Technology, and Brittany Whitestone, Junior, Graphics & Multimedia Technology – California University of Pennsylvania

Molly James, Freshman, Graphic Communications, and Clayce Reid, Sophomore, Graphic Communications – Clemson University

Autumn Scott, Senior, Graphic Art – College of the Ozarks

Christine Gesell, Junior, Graphic Communications, and Tyler Phillips, Senior, Graphic Communications – Illinois State University

Inhwan Kim, Senior, Ph.D. in Fiber & Polymer Science – North Carolina State University

McKenzie Brogan, Senior, Cross-Media Graphics Management, Jessica Kastello, Junior, Graphic Communications, and Hailey Vosen, Junior, Cross-Media Graphics Management – University of Wisconsin (Stout)

We congratulate all the winners and wish them continued success.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.