2009 National Scholarship Recipients

The bar is raised even higher!

Committed to supporting those engaged in design education, the GDC is pleased to announce the results of our National Scholarship Awards. 2009 marks the seventh 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, Aquent, and Applied Arts.

The panel of judges comprised of professional members of the GDC, Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SGDQ), and International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) included: Luce Beaulieu SDGQ (Montreal), Susan Colberg, MVA, FGDC (Edmonton), Rod Roodenburg MGDC, GDC President (Vancouver), Dean McNeill, GDC Past-President, MGDC (Halifax), Matt Warburton MGDC, FGDC, GDC VP Communications (Vancouver) and Brenda Sanderson MGDC, Director, Icograda (Montreal). The adjudication was hosted by Karla Burr, Spacecadet Design Inc. in Winnipeg and overseen by May Chung MGD, MGDC, GDC VP Education (Halifax).

The criteria for eligibility was rigorous with submissions of: grade transcripts, a letter of endorsement from a design educator, a personal letter discussing their experience with design and reasons for applying, and one project that exemplifies their abilities and potential (including a description of project requirements and detailed rationale). Submissions were plentiful and the quality continues to be consistently high overall. Judges were asked to weigh all aspects of the submission in respect to cohesiveness of elements, quality of presentation, innovation and suit to purpose as well as demonstration of strong potential. This competition was initiated to provide a way to recognize Canadian design achievement and to fund deserving students to allow them to expand their understanding of the profession. The personal letters and design rationales enabled judges from different regions, backgrounds, and approaches to work to arrive at a high level of consensus
in the results.

Judges were pleasantly surprised with the quality of writing accompanying the projects, and the presentation of pieces that stood out from the rest provided some lively discussion during the adjudication process. An indication of judges’ sentiments regarding this year's applicants is expressed in Rod Roodenburg’s remarks, “I was pleased to see the quality and scope of work this year in the GDC Scholarships, with an increased attention paid to sustainable practices and content related to social issues. This speaks volumes for what concerns emerging design professionals in Canada and shows that our best schools are doing their part to engage students with relevant and challenging design problems.”

Click here to download the Applied Arts article on the 2009 recipients.

$2,500 Veer Scholarship
Jennifer Thai
, York University/Sheridan Institute, Toronto  ON
Project: Sprouted Brown Rice Packaging
Instructor: Albert Ng, FGDC

$2,000 Adobe Scholarship
Edeline Bernal
, York University/Sheridan Institute, Toronto  ON
Project: RAW Magazine
Instructor: Mary Ann Maruska, FGDC
$1,000 Aquent Scholarship
Emery Lane Norton
, University of Alberta, Edmonton  AB
Project: Re Purpose Poster
Instructor: Aidan Rowe MGDC

$1000 Applied Arts Magazine Scholarship
John A. Larigakis
, Capilano University, North Vancouver  BC
Project: WWF Campaign
Instructor: Carol Aitken MGDC