Each year, the Alliance for Young Urban Design and the Arts (AYUDA) Center for the Arts gives Panasonic Scholarship Awards to New York City undergraduates pursuing careers in the arts. This year, three of the eight awards went to SVA students: Patrina Harris, Roza Khamitova and Thomas Ng. The winning trio, along with the College’s Associate Director of Financial Aid William Berrios and Director of Communication Heather Steliga, attended a ceremony on Friday, March 4, at Panasonic’s headquarters in Secaucus, NJ. The company’s North American Chairman and CEO, Yoshi Yamada, presented the awards. Director of Financial Aid Javier Vega, who initially made contact with AYUDA and made the scholarship applications available to SVA students, says, “We are always eager to find organizations such as AYUDA, with their objective of increasing public interest in the field of education for the arts. I am extremely pleased that AYUDA has recognized the talent of SVA’s students by selecting them for nearly half of this year’s awards.”
Image: Yoshi Yamada, Roza Khamitova, Patrina Harris and Thomas Ng at the Panasonic Scholarship Awards ceremony; photo by Gerrity Photographic, Inc.