Ringling College of Art and Design students made up 20 percent of the winners for the Women in Animation annual awards for the 2022-23 program, with more wins than any other institution. The competition numbered 192 applications from 74 schools across the U.S. and Puerto Rico as well as Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Three senior Visual Studies and Computer Animation students were selected as winners this year:
- Hailey Bair ’23, Computer Animation
- Patricia Alyson Deogracias ’23, Visual Studies
- Kaylee Tian Lin Tan ’23, Computer Animation
Plus, honorable mentions for Mikayluh Bowers ’23, Computer Animation and Eden Quan ’24, Computer Animation.
“The WIA Scholarship Program is an annual award committed to furthering deserving animation students who demonstrate artistic talent, a passion for animation, a financial need and a promising future in the field of animation. The scholarship pool totals $24,500 and also features workshops, tutoring opportunities, animation equipment and software packages for recipients of the 2023 cycle from industry partners Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, LAIKA, Toon Boom, Wacom, WIA Bay Area Chapter, WIA Montreal Chapter and YellowBrick Learning.”
The scholarship winners’ full bios and website links are available on the WIA scholarship webpage.