The Warrenton, Virginia-based nonprofit Digital Signage Federation announces that the first recipient of its Geri Wolff Scholarship is Savannah McNulty, a third-year student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
The scholarship was established in 2014 specifically for young women who are committed to majoring in computer sciences as a way to enter the digital signage industry. It is named after Geri Wolff, the DSF’s longtime director of marketing and communications.
McNulty is majoring in graphic design.
“The content of our signs should generate ideas, sensations, knowledge, and ultimately leave the person who sees it with something to take away from the experience,” she says. “I am eager to learn more about the practical applications of graphic design using the medium of digital signage.
Scholarship recipients are selected annually by the Digital Signage Federation Education Committee based on academic record, professional references, a declared major and commitment to a career in computer sciences, specifically in digital signage. Awards are made to women that are enrolled full time in an accredited university with a declared major in computer sciences and are committed to graduating. Exemplary credentials and commendable work ethic are also factored in.
The scholarship is supported by individual contributions, including Wolff’s annual donation, which is matched by the DSF and includes proceeds from the DSF golf tournament, to which Peerless AV and Ingram Micro are the primary contributors.
Wolff says the scholarship was established “to raise the awareness of digital signage as a career choice among qualified young women who are committed to a professional career in computer sciences and related fields. This award is also intended to help broaden employment diversity by encouraging employers to hire qualified women in a variety of IT capacities and help ensure a talented and qualified labor pool for our fast-growing industry.”
Donations to the scholarship fund are gladly accepted by the DSF. To make a contribution or to learn more about how you could help, contact DSF executive director Brian Gorg at firstname.lastname@example.org.