The William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis and William C. Davis Foundation recently awarded the college a $25,000 grant in support of Columbus College of Art & Design’s Creative Excellence Fund. The grant was given as a donation to the college’s annual senior fashion show fundraising event.
The Creative Excellence Fund was established in 2010 with a visionary leadership gift from the Davis Foundation as a last-dollar scholarship fund to help students who are short on cash—but not on hard work—look forward to graduating from CCAD and contributing their talent and intellect to the creative economy.
“In this period of unprecedented economic uncertainty, CCAD has found that there is a vulnerable point between the junior and senior years in students’ paths toward graduation,” said CCAD President Dennison W. Griffith. “Severe challenges can result from changes in families’ financial situations and increases in the annual cost of studio materials for higher-level classes. The Creative Excellence Fund directly addresses this need.”
Specifically, the endowed fund generates need-based scholarships to support CCAD juniors and seniors with excellent academic records who have fallen short of funding for their education despite having applied for all available aid. The first scholarships will be distributed in the 2011-2012 school year.
“Last-dollar scholarships like these can be the difference between educational success and failure for students at CCAD,” Griffith continued. “The Davis Foundation grant means that some of our best students will be able to continue their education and graduate.”
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