Allison Golden and Benjamin Lee Sperry named recipients of the 2016 SVA Alumni Society Scholarship Awards
VCS seniors Alli Golden and Benjamin Lee Sperry are among the recipients of this year’s SVA Alumni Society Scholarship Awards. Here’s more information about these awards from a recent post on SVA Close Up:
Established in 1999, the Alumni Scholarship Awards are presented annually to SVA students in their final year to aid in the completion of their thesis or portfolio projects. Students submit applications with detailed summaries of their projects, a breakdown of the costs and materials involved and samples of their proposed or in-development work. As Alumni Society board member Michael Halsband (BFA 1980 Photography) notes, “It’s incredibly meaningful to be a part of facilitating these grants and creating real opportunities for these students. Seeing the profound impact the awards have on students as they prepare for their professional lives is amazing.”
Each year, the SVA Alumni Society, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit, administers over 20 awards and scholarships, including the Alumni Scholarship Awards program, distributing funding to distinguished undergraduate and graduate students working in disciplines such as advertising, cartooning, fine arts and more.
This year, a record 67 students were chosen from a pool of over 300 applicants, and were awarded scholarships worth more than $80,000 for projects as varied as narrative film, etching, animation, painting and sculpture.