Archive for the ‘Scholarships’ Category

What I’m reading – Tor

June 11, 2010

Joe Kubert spoke at the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Weekend a couple of weeks ago…and I missed it. I was actually standing in back just before it started, saw someone I knew  – Mike Canva from the Washington Post – and we went out of the hall to catch up and ended up talking in depth about cartooning and I introduced him to Juana Medina (the 2008 Jay Kennedy Scholarship winner) and before you knew it, people were walking out of the hall. Joe’s talk was over.

I picked this up a few days later at the MAD offices (more on that later) which are owned by DC Comics, since I’ve never had the chance to read Mr. Kubert’s work. I’m quite enjoying it.

2010 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship winner

May 17, 2010

Mengxin Li is the winner of the 2010 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. She is a Film and Animation major at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Li was born in China and grew-up in Japan. She received the third place prize at the Beijing International Student Animation Festival and her comic “Wind Chevalier” has been featured in the Japanese manga publication, Shoujo Jump.

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is an annual award established in memory of Jay Kennedy, the late King Features comics editor, from an initial from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from other prominent cartoonist. It is administered by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a college student in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the following academic year, selected by a panel of professional cartoonists.

Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship – Less than a month and counting…

January 20, 2010

Just a reminder …and another chance to show off the great art done for us by Patrick McDonnell of “Mutts” fame. You can find more info here.

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The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.

Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2010-2011 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 8 samples of their own cartooning artwork (copies only); noting if and where the work has been published, either in print or on the web. (See application for details.) DO NOT send original artwork.

DEADLINE: ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 12, 2010

The applications will be judged by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) and the number of scholarships given out and their amounts will be at the discretion of the NCSF.

Dept. of gift ideas – Donations in someone’s name

December 15, 2009

Students First Students Now

Two donation-worthy thingies that are close to my heart:

Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has issued a challenge to cartoon art lovers everywhere: she will match every dollar donated to Ohio State University’s Cartoon Library and Museum through March 9, 2014, up to $2.5 million. (I believe that this is the largest collection of it’s kind. A one-of-a-kind resource.) Learn more here.

If you’re a reader of this here blog, you know that the National Cartoonists Society Foundation is pretty important to me. (I’m on the board of directors and organize the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.) The NCSF was formed in 2005 to continue the charitable and educational works that have been a hallmark of the NCS since its inception in 1946. Learn more here.

2010 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship call for entries

December 7, 2009

 

It’s that time of the year again…

The annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is given each year in memory of the late King Features editor. Submissions are judged by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist.

Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2010-2011 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2009

 

(Juana Medina was the first recipient in 2008. In 2009 it was Chris Houghton. Please check out their fine work.)

2009 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Winner

April 14, 2009

And the winner is… Chris Houghton. (The official press release is below.) I was the chair of the selection committee and got to talk to Chris a couple of times and he’s terrific…and super talented. Can’t wait to meet him.

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The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) is happy to announce the winner of the 2009 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

Chris Houghton, 20, is a junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan where he studies illustration. Houghton was chosen from among 120 applicants for the award, which includes a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award weekend in Los Angeles in May. The scholarship applicants submitted up to five examples of their work along with an entry form that included short essays on their current and future plans in cartooning. Entries were judged by a jury of eight professional cartoonist who are members of the board of directors of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. Houghton’s studies at the College for Creative Studies have included character design for animation and writing and illustrating his own comics. He has also submitted gag cartoons and spot illustrations for the school’s student magazine. Aside from his class work, Houghton has also dabbled in freelancing including working on T-Shirt and logo designs and drawing caricatures at events.

Last summer he illustrated a 130 page NASCAR coloring book and is currently doing illustration and concept art for a children’s video game company. He would like to do magazine illustration and work in animation.

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is an annual award established in memory of Jay Kennedy, the late King Features comics editor, from an initial from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from other prominent cartoonist. It is administered by the National Cartoonists Society Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a college student in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the following academic year, selected by a panel of professional cartoonists.

Houghton will receive his award and meet the professional cartoonists who selected him at the National Cartoonists Society’s Annual Reuben Awards banquet in Los Angeles on May 22nd.

You can see more of Chris’s work on his website.

Scholarship deadline…ONE WEEK AND COUNTING

January 30, 2009

Attention students: the deadline for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship is approaching fast.

Applicants must be college students in the United States, Canada or Mexico that will be in their Junior or Senior year of college during the 2009-2010 academic year. Applicants DO NOT have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 5 samples of their own cartooning artwork; noting if and where the work has been published (either print or web).

DEADLINE: ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 6, 2009

The application form and full instructions can be found at the NCS Foundation website.

Last year, a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award convention were given to Juana Medina who recounts the experience at Mike Lynch’s blog.

(Art for this year’s scholarship by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez)

2008 Jay Kennedy Scholarship winner

January 12, 2009

Last year’s recipient of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, Juana Medina, wrote her reflections on winning this award on Mike Lynch’s blog. Juana is a wonderful and gracious person and I don’t think we could’ve found a better student to be the first adwardee.

The deadline for the 2009 Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is February 6. You can get more information here.

(Below is last year’s art by MAD Magazine’s Tom Richmond.)

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