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Scholarship Luncheon honors donors, students

Donors and scholarship recipients gathered on October 29 for MIAD’s annual Scholarship Luncheon honoring donors to the 2008-09 Scholarship Fund and donors to Creative Fusion 2007 and 2008, which raised more than a half million dollars in scholarship support. Donors and students also got to know one another in an intimate setting surrounded by the students’ artwork.

Right, top: MIAD trustee, alumnus and Flux Design co-founder Jeremy Shamrowicz with Rose Ballard, recipient of the Jean Moore Mantz Scholarship.
Right, lower: Adrian Gilling, luncheon speaker and recipient of the Cissy Van Dyke Bryson Scholarship established by Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bryson, with Cissy Bryson.

Why are scholarships so important? 

  • 96% of MIAD students receive financial support through scholarships and other forms of aid; 78% are the first in their family to attend college.
  • 80% of MIAD graduates choose to live and work in Wisconsin, contributing a vital brain gain to the state that shapes its economic and creative future.
  • 90% of MIAD graduates are employed within their first year of graduation; nearly the same percent report employment satisfaction.
  • Employment in many creative industries is growing faster than the labor force and makes up 30% of the workforce by some estimates.
  • Businesses in all fields seek the unique blend of creative problem solving and lifelong learning skills that an art and design education provides. The BFA/MA is the new MBA.

Orlando de la Garza, recipient of the Claire Hackmann Promise Award, with Claire Hackmann (left) and her mother, Phyliss Huffman. Mrs. Huffman established the award with her late husband William to recognize students of outstanding achievement and leadership potential.

For these reasons and more, an investment in MIAD students is an investment in our economy, our community and our future. 

For more information on MIAD’s Scholarship Fund, call Development Director Ryan Daniels at 414‑847‑3237.

From left, Helen Peterson and Betty Hilton from the College Endowment Association, stand with scholarship recipient Anastacia Stevens in front of her artwork.