2010 National Scholarship Winners Announced

Canadian Design Students Raise the Bar in GDC National Scholarship Awards Programme

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC is pleased to announce its 2010 scholarship recipients. Entries from design students from across Canada were judged on April 23, 2010 immediately preceding the GDC’s National AGM which was held in Vancouver, BC.

Committed to supporting those engaged in design education, 2010 marks the eighth year of this annual competition open to student members completing or returning to continue a program of design study.

The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize emerging excellence in design achievement and encourage a desire in students to go beyond expectations as a natural progression to professional practice. These awards have been funded by some of Canada’s most well known supporters of the design industry, including Veer, Adobe and Applied Arts Magazine.

“It was very enlightening for the adjudicators to see the submissions from a variety of institutions across Canada,” said GDC Vice President Education, May Chung MGDC, MGD. “Each year it is encouraging to see that knowledge of the scholarship awards program is spreading and the GDC looks forward to receiving more entries as we endeavor to expand the number of sponsors for this event.”

"This year's scholarship entries ran the full gamut from posters, identities, magazine layout, book design through to packaging and promotional literature,” said GDC Past President Dean McNeill MGDC. It certainly captured the scope of talent emerging from our Canadian Design institutions which is a testament to the quality of instructors associated with these institutions and their desire to echo the professional needs of business within their curriculums.”

Brenda Sanderson MGDC commented that “Quality work speaks for itself and this year’s winners demonstrate that the value of design is in being able to communicate complex information in a way that resonates with the intended audience. A GDC scholarship can make a significant financial difference for young design talent – I would encourage faculty across Canada to promote the programme to their students.”

Winner of the Veer $2500 Scholarship
Morgan Curley, Alberta College of Art + Design (Calgary, AB)
Project: Issues Postcard
Instructor: Larry Riedl

Winner of the Adobe $2000 Scholarship
Sally Fung, York University/Sheridan College (Toronto, Ontario)
Project: Vancouver International Writer’s Festival
Instructor: Sandra Gabriele

Winner of the Applied Arts $1000 Scholarship
Mariya Karpenko, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
Project: Luxury Soap Packaging
Instructor: Gabe Wong

Scholarship applications were received from all across the country. Applicants submitted a piece of student work completed as a class project and were judged by professional members of the GDC. Judges scored each entry on criteria such as methodology, typography, content and presentation. The judges this year were Brenda Sanderson MGDC (Montréal, QC), Dean McNeill MGDC (Halifax, NS), Judy Snaydon MGDC (Vancouver, BC), Richard Osborne MGDC (Moncton, NB) and Karin Jager MGDC (Vancouver, BC).

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