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Three graphic communications students receive national schlolarships

Fifteen students honored from eight universities around U.S.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (July 23, 2018) – Three University of Wisconsin-Stout students have received $2,000 scholarships from an industry organization associated with their major.
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to 15 students from around the U.S. More than 200 students applied.

From UW-Stout, the awardees are:
* McKenzie Brogan, of Forest Lake, Minn., senior
* Jessica Kastello, of Muskego, junior
* Hailey Vosen, of Wabasha, Minn., junior

They are majoring in graphic communications, www.uwstout.edu/programs/bs-graphic-communications, which prepares students for careers in industries associated with graphics, imaging, marketing and printing. The program director is Professor Ted Bensen.

UW-Stout was the only university with three SGIA scholarship winners. Students receiving the awards for the 2018-2019 academic year represented eight universities, including California Polytechnic, Clemson, Illinois State and North Carolina State.

Applicants were evaluated on academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to a career in graphic communications, printing technology or printing management, extracurricular activities, financial need, a one-page essay and academic and professional recommendations, according to an SGIA news release.
Erin Nuss, manager of SGIA Academic and Training Programs, called the selection process challenging.

“We had such a large field of students to choose from – more than six times as many as in 2017 – and the applications were so strong,” she said in the news release. “The industry has a lot to look forward to with these students coming into the workforce.”

SGIA is a trade association for professionals in the industrial, graphic, garment, textile, electronics, packaging and commercial printing communities.

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Graphic communications students work in a lab at UW-Stout’s Communication Technologies Building.