The SVA Alumni Society recently announced the recipients of scholarship awards supporting thesis projects and portfolio development for graduating students.
Each year, the Alumni Society provides awards and scholarships to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in all majors offered by the College. To be considered for Scholarship Awards, students submit proposals for ambitious projects that are vetted by professionals across arts disciplines in a rigorous process. This year, 54 winners were chosen to receive awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 each, and a total of $62,800 was distributed.
“It was a great feeling to know that they had liked a project in which we are putting all our energy and love,” says current MFA Computer Art student and award recipient Maria Cecilia Pugliese. She and teammate, Yijun Liu, created a 3D-animated short called Shift, and plan to use the funding to pay for a music composer, rigger and sound databases. “If it had not been for the great news of getting the award, we would have had trouble financing this ourselves.”
MFA Interaction Design student Cheng Lun Chen, who is designing a smart safety system for bike riders, agrees. The scholarship, he says, “allows me to buy the different devices that I need to build and test my prototypes.”
All awards from the Scholarship Fund are supported by generous donations from SVA alumni, friends, family and other supporters, and one hundred percent of the monies donated to the Society are used to fund student awards. For the full list of 2015 recipients, visit the Alumni Society.
Images from top down: A still from Shift; bike smart safety system design ideas.