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Our 2016 – 2017 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship winners

For 21 years the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship Program has awarded college scholarships to aspiring artists and designers from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. To date we have given over one-million dollars to 705 students.

Wereme Guerra-Martinez was born in a small indigenous community in Mexico. This directly informs her continuing desire to document these rich cultures through her illustrations.

David Baptiste was spurred by the demands of growing up in poverty to create a body of photographic work that explores and portrays the beauty in the world around him. He now works with a program that gives out cameras to underprivileged youth so that they can tell their own stories.

Growing up, Alicia DeWitt overcame resistance from her family to being an artist. She persevered, and is now a designer for MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs while pursuing graduate studies at Boston University.

These are just a few of the stories from the talented students who received scholarships this year.

In June, the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship jurors met to award 17 scholarships and three honorable mentions to exceptional students from art and design programs at colleges and universities across the United States. A total of $45,250 was awarded in the categories of graphic design, photography, illustration, interactive design and fine arts.

This was all made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: The AIGA DC Continuum Fund Scholarship, The Martha Trevor Award, The Coyne Family Foundation and the AIGA-Tomoko Miho Fund Scholarship.

We were fortunate to have the following esteemed jurors join us in the selection process:

FINE ART:  Bill Carroll – Orit Mardkha-Tenzer – Saya Woolfalk
GRAPHIC DESIGN:  Gail Anderson – Ilana Greenberg – Dian Holton – Andrew Shea
ILLUSTRATION:  Soo Jin Buzelli – Marcos Chin
PHOTOGRAPHY:  Kelly Campbell