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Students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Bemidji State University have been chosen to receive the 2018 Michael Grivas Sr. Exhibit Design Excellence Scholarship. Now in its sixth year, the scholarship program was created in honor of mg founder Michael Grivas Sr., an industry visionary, talented designer and industrious entrepreneur. mg proudly recognizes 2018 graduate level scholarship recipient Alexandria Rupert, a graduate student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (FIT/NY), and undergraduate level scholarship recipient Wyatt Wehking, a senior at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Recipients are chosen based on their creative portfolio, academic criteria and industry involvement. Recipients also received travel expenses to attend EXHIBITORLIVE.

 Alexandria Rupert, Fashion Institute of Technology, Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Before enrolling in FIT/NY’s Master of Arts program in Exhibition and Experience Design, Rupert earned a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. She has also held fashion positions working as assistant stage manager and choreographer. In her application, Rupert shared: “With my work, I want to make people forget…To make them be in the moment of my exhibit. This is what makes design important. It is an escape of the realities we face as humans, to be captivated all because of how a space, an object, or a product is designed.”

 Wyatt Wehking, Bemidji State University, Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Wehking will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design with an emphasis in Exhibit Design and Graphic Design. His minor is Computer Science. In addition to being a member of BSU’s Design Guild, Wehking works in the university’s Talley Gallery and tutors in the school’s computer science lab. He is also an Eagle Scout. In his scholarship application, Wyatt wrote, “In brief, the most valuable skills a designer can have are to learn quickly and to teach faster. With just those two abilities and a grasp of design principles, it’s possible to create designs that will speak to a wide audience for a long time.”

The Michael Grivas Sr. Exhibit Design Excellence Scholarship program is an annual scholarship awarded to two exemplary students seeking a degree in an exhibit design-related field.  To be considered, applicants must: be at least a junior currently attending an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution seeking a Bachelor’s degree in an exhibit design-related field or a graduate student in a Master’s degree program in an exhibit-design related field; demonstrate traits of leadership, excellence and creativity; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2.  Scholarship applications for 2019 will be available September 1 at simplymg.com/designexcellence

Delivering meaningful value for our clients and their brands is what drives us. mg’s Single Source Simplicity makes mg the only partner your experiential marketing program needs for exhibits, events, environments and engagement. mg is a complete face-to-face marketing partner offering a full A-Z line-up of in-house services from strategy to design, account leadership to show services, technology to graphic production, fabrication to I&D/Logistics. Winners of the 2015 EXHIBITORLIVE Best of Show, mg has been building great experiences for nearly six decades. for more info, visit www.simplymg.com.  

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