Jonathan Torres mentors high school students in a YMCA Youth Institute. Ajani Takahashi Lofton strives to fight against selfishness and prejudice. These are just two examples of college students studying art and design in the United States who also demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and have been awarded Worldstudio AIGA 2012 Scholarships.
The scholarship program’s primary aims are to increase diversity in the creative professions and to foster an ethic of social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow. To this end, scholarship recipients were selected not only for their ability and need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.
“Creativity has enormous potential for social change,” says Worldstudio principal Mark Randall. “These are the artists and designers of tomorrow who will make a difference in their communities.”
AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé added, “Worldstudio AIGA scholarships reflect an appreciation for the extraordinary potential of the creative mind and the true value of joining excellence and diversity in the interest of social and environmental improvement. We are delighted to be able to recognize the potential of these young designers to achieve all these aspirations.”
Since 1995, AIGA and Worldstudio have awarded more than $900,000 to minority and economically disadvantaged college students who are studying fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design or photography. Each year, more than 500 students apply for these scholarships, with 20 or 30 students ultimately receiving tuition grants.
Artwork from top to bottom: Jonathan Torres, Junior, California State University of Long Beach – Christian Hincapie, Senior, Cooper Union – Timothy Foley, Freshman, State University of New York New Paltz – Olivia Kilgore, Freshman, Reed College.
The students’ work and personal essays are on display at www.aiga.org/2012-2013-Worldstudio-AIGA-Scholarship-Winners/.