Five Ryerson University students share in $40,000 in scholarships from SGIA

With the generous support of industry donors, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA – Fairfax, Virginia) has announced its 2019 scholarship recipients. Out of 67 applicants, the association awarded 20 SGIA Educational Institution Member students with $2,000 each. According to Erin Nuss, Manager of Workforce Development at SGIA, the association’s annual program has now awarded 50 scholarships since its inception in 2016, totaling $100,000 toward students’ education, books and room and board. “Having received scholarships myself, it’s especially rewarding to provide this opportunity for our industry’s future,” said Nuss. “These scholarships help students fully focus on their passion, rather than the finances of their education – and it’s been amazing to hear how much it’s meant to them.”

Erin Nuss.

To be eligible for the 2019 SGIA scholarship, students had to be enrolled at an SGIA Educational Institution member college/university full time for the Fall of 2019, and demonstrate a commitment to a career in graphic communications, printing technology or printing management. The recipients were selected by a small group of SGIA committee members who evaluated applicants’ scholastic achievements, financial needs, extracurricular activities, achievements/awards and work experience (in addition to an essay and academic and professional recommendations). “Though the large number of strong candidates we see always makes the selection process difficult, it reinforces what standout students we have entering the workforce,” Nuss added. “As I congratulate this year’s 20 recipients, I look forward to continuing to grow this program and support the next generations in print.” The winners included five students from the Graphic Communications Management (GCM) degree-granting course at Ryerson University in Toronto. We congratulate all the winners and wish them continued success. They include:

Ryerson University’s  Julia Forrester.

Ryerson University

  • Iain Ailles, Junior, Graphic Communications Management
  • Justin Chan, Senior, Graphic Communications Management
  • Matthew Fantauzzi, Sophomore, Graphic Communications Management
  • Julia Forrester, Senior, Graphic Communications Management
  • Afrah Idrees, Junior, Graphic Communications Management

California Polytechnic State University

  • Julienne Chiang, Junior, Graphic Communication
  • Emma Landgren, Junior, Graphic Communication
  • Erica Taylor, Sophomore, Graphic Communication

Clemson University

  • Alicia DiPerri, Senior, Graphic Communications
  • Natalie Weaver, Junior, Graphic Communications
Ryerson University’s Justin Chan.

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

  • Leah Pakpour, Senior, Sign Graphics

Pasadena City College

  • José Revuelta, Sophomore, Studio Arts

University of Wisconsin-Stout

  • Abigayle Gardiner, Junior, Graphic Communications
  • Emily Gustafson, Junior, Graphic Communications
  • Ari Hytti, Freshman, Game Design and Development
  • Jessica Kastello, Senior, Graphic Communications
  • Wyatt Martin, Incoming Freshman
  • Hailey Vosen, Senior, Cross-Media Graphics Management

Western Michigan University

  • Margaret Golia, Senior, Graphic and Printing Science
  • Prashant Kotkar, Graduate Student, Paper and Printing Science


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.