The GDC Foundation just launched its first scholarship to support NWT, Yukon or Nunavut indigenous design students pursuing degrees from accredited Canadian post-secondary colleges or universities.
The $1000 Cheryl Lynn Rutledge scholarship will help foster student growth in their pursuit of a career in design, and was created from a donation by GDC member Mark Rutledge in honour of his support and inspiration — his mother, Cheryl Lynn Rutledge, who passed away in 2016. Scholarship money will be sent to the winner’s school to be applied directly to their tuition.
GDC also announces the Ray Hrynkow Scholarship designed for third or fourth year undergraduate communication/graphic design students in Canada. The $1,000 scholarship is made possible by GDC donors and Ray’s wife Casey, who says that Ray envisioned this scholarship in support of the next generation designer—a student who is practicing design for social innovation and sustainability. “Ray wanted the scholarship awarded to a student who can use ethnography, sociology and anthropology to earn a seat at the table of major decision makers in our society.”
Applicants for either scholarships must be a GDC student member in good standing. The deadline for both scholarships is May 1, 2018. Both scholarships have additional submission criteria, which can be found along with the GDC student member application form at the GDC Website.
GDC® is Canadaʼs national certification body for graphic and communication. It is a member-based organisation of design professionals, educators, administrators, students and affiliates in communications, marketing, media and design-related fields. One of the ways in which GDC advocates for the advancement of the design profession is by providing scholarships.