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City Tech Students Receive Scholarships and Industry Advisor Honored by the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation

Four Advertising Design & Graphic Arts students received scholarships from the Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation (GCSF) at the annual awards events on June 19 at the Hearst Tower in Manhattan. Jack Powers, chairman of the Advisory Commission for City Tech's Advertising Design & Graphic Arts Department and one of the founders of GCSF, was also honored.

City Tech student Jacklyn Landers, who will be attending graduate school at Pratt Institute, received the Trend Offset Printing and Jack Powers Tribute Scholarship Award. Adha Chaabane received the Advertising Production Club Scholarship Award, and Louisa Garcia received the Advertising Production Club Scholarship Award. Landers, Chaabane and Garcia are all first-year scholarship recipients.

Natalie Alcide received the Metro Creative Graphics/E. Richard Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Award and is a fourth-year scholarship recipient.

"It was quite an honor to be singled out for such a prestigious merit award," says Garcia. "I never assume anything I do would result in receiving accolades of any kind and so I was surprised to be named a recipient." When asked about her future plans, Garcia says, "After finishing my academic career at City Tech next year, I'm hoping to spend six months in Paris to learn the language fluently and, if possible, intern at a design agency."

Jack Powers, director of the International Informatics Institute and chairman of City Tech's Advisory Commission for its Advertising Design & Graphic Arts Department received the Champion of Education Award.

For over 30 years, Powers has explained the Digital Revolution for media professionals on six continents. Beginning with electronic composition and pagination, to desktop publishing and computer graphics, digital imaging, interactive multimedia and the World Wide Web, Powers has evaluated the big steps in media technology for private clients and for public audiences in books, articles, web sites and videos.

In public education, Jack has served on the New York City Department of Education's Graphics Industry Advisory Commission since 1986, leading the volunteer group's teacher training, curriculum review, and mentoring activities and producing the long-running Citywide Graphic Arts Competition. At the Commission, he helped spin off the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation and has served as a trustee and officer.

In 2010, Powers was appointed by the New York City Schools Chancellor to the City's Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education, the all-industry group of business leaders, employers, trade unions and community organizations that support more than 140,000 technical education students and their teachers in the New York City school system.

The Graphic Communications Scholarship, Award and Career Advancement Foundation provides financial support to New York city metro area students pursuing careers in graphic communications. In addition to providing money for college, the Foundation helps mentor and advise students from middle school through graduate school, coordinates internship and work study opportunities, and helps increase awareness of rewarding careers in the graphic communications field.

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