Past Scholarship and Fellowship Projects

    Past Glass Fellowship Projects


    Graphic and Interactive Communications '08

    Growing Healthy Kids

    Juliana proposed to redesign of Growing Healthy Kids curriculum for All-Faiths FoodBank. Growing Healthy Kids is a collaborative nutrition program for preschool children and their families.  The program targets at-risk children at childcare sites, after school programs, family childcare homes, and parenting education groups. Jill Collins, the developer and director of Nutritional Education for the All Faiths Food Bank implements nutrition and hunger education programs to assist the community and the organizations served by the Food Bank.  Her main responsibility is the development of the curriculum, which is centered on research-based nutrition information and focuses on healthy eating habits, nutrition, food safety, exercise promotion and awareness of nutrition-related disease. The curriculum was in need of the creation of a logo, cover, divider pages and the general design layout for the curriculum and also a web site, some of which were created by Ringling College students in the Business of Art and Design courses during the 2006-2007 year. Juliana was a student in that course and wished to further assist by creating the design of the binder, once the course had ended, for the curriculum since the food bank does not have the funds to hire a designer.In the design, it was important to represent the contents and activities within a colorful layout based on the colors of the food pyramid. There are chapters in the curriculum representing every section of the food pyramid.


    Computer Animation
    Teaching Art to Elementary School Children

    Mitch proposed to teach art to children at a magnet school for Mass Communication with Graphic Arts & Design. Up until last year, the school  had the luxury of two full time art teachers. One focused on the regular curriculum of art and the other worked with small groups of students in a computer lab, teaching them Appleworks and Adobe Photoshop. Early in that semester, because of budget cuts, they found themselves with one teacher, and being able to hold the small group classes was no longer possible. Mitch became aware of this need and wished to share his skills in graphic design to assist this class and the student. He drove to the school two days a week for the entire 2006-2007 year doing small projects and teaching the students and received a Glass Fellowship for his efforts. He continued additional projects this year with the same school.

    Illustration, Class of 2006

    A Mural Uniting Two Communities

    Jesse Paz had the goal of creating a bridge between Ringling College students and their surrounding neighbors.  He proposed to work a non-profit organization in the Newtown area to design and create a mural for the community to enjoy.  He chose to work with Humanitarian Aid on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way less than two miles from the Ringling College campus.  To start the bridge he initially got his fellow fraternity brothers involved in the design of the mural.  Each contributed with their artistic talents to come up with an original design to present to Mrs. Victoria Brown, the president of Humanitarian Aid.  With her suggestions and wishes for the imagery in the mural, the students redesigned the mural and collaborated on the final imagery.  It was important to all the design have an inspiration and uplifting message for children and that it include a portrait of the man for whom the street is named.

    The students used the Glass Fellowship grant money to buy supplies and also solicited donations from the Home Depot, where Mr. Paz is an employee.  The community bridge was extended when the fraternity extended the invitation to paint to the school community and local children who live near the mural site.  

    Past Lazarus Foundation Scholarship Projects



    Class of 2007, Illustration

    Posters for SPCA
    Emily Gross is a student who is mostly involved in volunteerism through REACH (Ringling Educating about Campus Health), the peer educator group on campus. In her second year at the Ringling College, Emily received a Lazarus Foundation scholarship to bring toy and treat baskets to children that are neighbors to the institution.  The next year, Emily proposed to teach children about animals in need and about responsible animal care. After instructing young artists how to draw the animal of their choice, her goal was to use their artwork to design posters that feature the pets that will be printed for the adoption center. 


    Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

    Alaina Miller has shown a concern and commitment to the community since her first days at the Ringling College.  For her first Lazarus Foundation Scholarship in her first year at the Ringling College, she designed a weekly program that would teach the children at the SPARCC shelter different skills and activities.  In this program, the children could earn “badges” for completing a task, similar to the system implemented in the Girl Scouts. She plans to do a variety of activities from arts and crafts, music and cooking, to science and other educational activities.  Her goal was to create an extracurricular program in which these children from broken families can participate.

    Teaching at Girl's Inc.

    In her next year, Alaina proposed to continue to volunteer at Girl’s Inc., a facility with which she had been volunteering for several months.  She became involved with their art program and noticed the girls expressed particular interest when she drew animated characters of animals and people.  She gave them more formal instruction in cartooning on a weekly basis.


    Class of 2006, Illustration

    Kaylene Simmons, Illustration ’06, was an active volunteer at Boys and Girls Club and continually involved other Ringling College students in her volunteer endeavors.  She saw the need for volunteers at the Club and proposed a scheduled project that brought more volunteers on a regular basis. She has continued her commitment to the Boys and Girls Club by scheduling and coordinating the  Annual Trick Art Treat event, a safe Halloween party for youth on the Ringling College campus.  She proposed to bring a unique artistic experience to these youth.  She brought young artists from the Boys and Girls Clubs to Splatters, where they painted their own ceramic pieces.   These pieces were fired on the premises and brought back for the children to keep.

    Girl Scouts Spend the Night at the Ringling College
    In her fourth year at the Ringling College, Kaylene came up with another proposal for this scholarship. In the spring semester, she planned an overnight party for the Girl Scouts of Newtown.  By enlisting the help of her sorority sisters in Sigma Sigma Sigma, she will be involved sixteen other Ringling College students in this event that Kaylene says is about the Girl Scouts making connections with a group that cares about them.   This event took place on March 17, 2006 and was a great success!


    JUDITH UMANA- Founder of Literacy Program

    Class of 2005, Illustration

    English Tutoring for Spanish-Speaking Parents

    Judith Umana started the literacy program for children at the Newtown Community Center. She and the other volunteers noticed that many of the children had difficulties with school assignments because their parents did not speak English and, therefore were not able to help their children with homework assignments. She taught English to eight Hispanic women on a weekly basis and arranged for them to do special activities like visiting the Ringling Museum.  In doing this, the students were exposed to the language in different situations and places.

    Class of 2005, Illustration

    A Play for Emma E. Booker
    Sid Watters was involved with the Newtown Literacy Program since its start in 2003. In the fall of ‘04, with the help of Sid’s fraternity brothers, he and the other student coordinators wrote and performed a new version of Snow White for children at the Newtown Community Center. The purpose of the play was to reinforce the Literacy Program and its goals.

    Illustration/ Literacy Project

    Sid Watters was inspired to do this project because of his earlier involvement in the Newtown Literacy Program. He found that many of the children had an interest in art and had a lot of questions about what he did as an artist in art college. Also, in many activities the children participated in, the group read stories and each child had to elaborate or continue the stories in their own way. Their enthusiasm and creativity in these games gave him the idea to begin a program based on the children illustrating stories already existing, and those they created.  The program began with exercises that planned to get the children practicing reading segments of stories and describing them visually. They did brainstorming activities about what kind of stories each child wanted to write. Along with drawing out their stories, children were provided with paint to bring their characters to life through color. The final project was to take The Tale of Peter Rabbit and have each child illustrate two pages of the story. They, along with student volunteers, wrote the lines of text on the bottom of large pieces of paper and the children filled the composition with their interpretation of the two sentences on their page. The thirty-two pages were collected and bound and document the experience for the children.