Creative Black Womxn to Watch
To be eligible an applicant must:
- Identify as Black and either female or a Womxn.
- Be a currently enrolled student at a college in the United States and have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate studies or their first year of portfolio or graduate school.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by their school.
- Be pursuing a creative-focused role in experience design, marketing or advertising, including but not limited to experience designer, strategist and content creators.
The WONGDOODY Creative Black Womxn to Watch Scholarship accepts all womxn
This includes cis-gender, transgender, non-binary, queer, genderqueer, genderfluid, and in-transition. Our scholarship is inclusive and supportive, and self-definition is at the sole discretion of the applicant.
|Applications Open||October 6|
|Applications Deadline||November 13|
|Finalists Notified||November 24|
|Zoom Interviews||November 30-December 11|
|Winner Contacted||December 16|
Winter 2020 Scholarship Recipient
After receiving numerous talented applicants we chose Reeyana Sehgeh as our winner because of her passion, zeal and resilience. Her ability to take her life experiences and use them as the driving force on her film and visual storytelling journey is truly inspirational. She hails out of Kansas City, Missouri and when she’s not studying at the Creative Circus she is designing narratives and creating inclusionary spaces that foster black and brown empowerment, and women equality.
Victoria Rosenthal Madrid
Winter 2019 Scholarship Recipient
From a wide array of applicants, we chose Victoria because of her passion and vision. Her motivation to gather her own experiences and ultimately impact advertising (and the role of women in advertising) in her home country of Honduras was truly inspiring.
Summer 2019 Scholarship Recipient
We know Parvez is a leader as she is our FIRST strategist to win the scholarship! Zaria blew us away with her personal mission to bring “passion and compassion” to her work. She is curious, driven, poised, and commits herself fully to all she does. She will no doubt go on to be a force in our industry, bringing a new and much-needed perspective to strategy and advertising.
Winter 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Kendra stood out from a very talented applicant pool with a wide-ranging portfolio that brought design thinking and strategy into work that tackled issues small and large. Kendra inspired us with her maturity, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness.
Summer 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Sarai stood out to us as someone who is passionate about pursuing her passion for graphic design while also bringing light to social issues. She had a common thread of using design across many different media to explore challenging, deep issues that are important to her and show a different perspective. It’s the whole reason we have this scholarship — to help bring more diverse points of view to the industry.
Summer 2017 Scholarship Recipient
Bolora blew us away with her essay application and portfolio. Bolora brings a fantastic blend of design, photography and art direction talent to our industry. On top of that she has empathy, curiosity and an infectious positivity. We’re excited to see her develop into a creative leader.
Winter 2016 Scholarship Recipient
Jessica stood out to us because of her strong fine arts background and diverse experience in our industry. She infuses her unique personality into everything she creates. This, coupled with her earnestness, enthusiasm and drive, convinced us that she was incredibly deserving of this scholarship.
Summer 2016 Scholarship Recipient
We were really impressed with Yanci’s dedication to her goal of being a change-maker, her innovative thinking, and her constant striving to achieve the absolute best in everything she does. Like all our winners, she makes us feel confident and excited about our industry’s future.
Olivia Reid Cooper
Winter 2015 Scholarship Recipient
Olivia is insightful, driven, and curious about the world. Her design concepts wholeheartedly embrace the latest technologies in order to empower others. We were impressed with her talent and are honored to be part of her path toward creative leadership.
Out of a talented applicant pool with diverse skill sets, Mikaila really stood out as a future leader in our industry. Mikaila impressed us with the sense of purpose she brings — a passion to impact people’s lives in a positive, meaningful way. She represents what’s good about advertising and makes us feel confident in our industry’s future.