Recipients of the 2019 Helveticahaus scholarship, awarded annually to select students earning graphic design degrees at Spokane Falls Community College, were recently named. Roman Dorr, Elizabeth Pierce, and Cody Thomas will share this year’s $2,000 prize. The students were chosen by a volunteer committee comprising design professionals, educators, and community leaders. Two of the recipients have actually returned to school after discovering graphic design: Thomas graduated from Portland State University in 2009 with a degree in drawing and painting, while Pierce earned a BFA from Clemson University. Dorr entered SFCC’s design program right out of high school. The scholarship is funded by proceeds from sales of Helvetica-themed and -inspired products at Helveticahaus, the online retailer founded by CK and Linda Anderson in 2015. Seeking to give back to the design profession in a creative and meaningful way, the two were able to award the first scholarship just a year after launching the business. Criteria for the scholarship include need, work ethic, and design excellence.
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