Academy Alum Wins AIGA San Francisco Scholarship
Marsha Adibrata, an Academy of Art University 2013 MFA alum, was named Overall Winner of the Enrichment Scholarships from the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. Marsha was one of three students, the two others were Amanda Smith and Loris Olivier, competing from the School of Graphic Design.
The scholarship comes with a $1000 cash award. In addition, the winner gets to attend the HOW Conference, recently concluded in San Francisco, for free — about a $2000 value.
The Enrichment Scholarships are awarded following AIGA San Francisco’s Portfolio Day, which is billed as “an opportunity for students to get valuable one-on-one feedback on their portfolios and career goals from some of the Bay Area’s best designers.” More than 90 designers served as reviewers at the Portfolio Day.
Reflecting on the experience, Marsha says she knew that AIGA San Francisco granted awards, but she wasn’t fully aware until Mary Scott, Executive Director of the School of Graphic Design, informed her that she had been nominated for the Enrichment Scholarship. “I was very surprised and in disbelief,” said Marsha.
“It was still in the midst of finals week when I received the e-mail from Mary,” she recalls. “I couldn’t believe I was nominated with the other two talented students. I was sure that I wouldn’t win, but I was so honored to even be considered anyway that I submitted the necessary files to the AIGA through [Graphic Design Associate Director] Hunter Wimmer, not expecting anything more.”
Among the work Marsha submitted to the AIGA San Francisco Enrichment Scholarships competition was her MFA thesis, which promotes sustainable aquaculture. Her thesis project includes an iPhone app to help consumers make smart seafood choices.
“I was traveling with my parents when I received an e-mail from Hunter telling me that not only had I won as the Academy rep, but also was the Overall Winner of the whole AIGA student population. I was speechless and overjoyed and immediately emailed Mary to thank her and everybody else. I know that I wouldn’t have won without Mary’s support. The $1000 was just the icing on the cake,” said Marsha.
Marsha reports that she iscurrently job hunting in the States, but her long-term plan is to have her own design firm in her native Indonesia.