Eleven students in the graphic arts program at Fort Hays State University were awarded scholarships by the Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, in the spring semester based on a review of the students' portfolios.
On the senior level, Josh Knott, Lincoln, Neb., senior, received $1,200 for First Place Best Portfolio, and Aaron Pablo, Waynesville, Mo., senior, received $850 for Second Place Best Portfolio.
Jeremy Nusser, St. John senior, and Philip Tyson, Haven senior, tied for Third Place Best Portfolio, senior level, and received $500 each.
Zach Meyers, Pratt senior, won $750 for Best Portfolio at junior level.
Six other students received $200 each for the Leo Burnett Award of Excellence for a specific project or piece within their portfolios: Euyeoung "Sophia" Ahn, Saipan, Mauritius, senior; Tyler Lauterbach, Attica senior; Emmylou Rathbun, Ellsworth senior; Katie Dreiling, Wichita senior; Joshua Smith, Wichita senior; and T.J. Nix, McCook, Neb., senior.
The Leo Burnett representatives, Kara Taylor and Alan Nuzum, who is an FHSU alumnus, brought a total of $10,000, half of which went to the scholarships. The other half was designated for the graphic design program.
"It will purchase supplies and equipment for the labs, paper and inks, things that all the students will benefit from, even if they did not directly receive a scholarship," said Karrie Simpson Voth, associate professor of art in graphic design.