Thank you to the 34 students from 12 schools who submitted their portfolios for the Larsen and AIGA Minnesota Scholarships, and to the 4 students who applied for the Design Camp Scholarship. Regards to the applicants! By taking part in this process, numerous applicants have demonstrated the intelligence and initiative it takes to be recognized for design excellence.

We were fortunate to have five respected leaders from the Twin Cities design community judge applicants’ work. Special thanks to our judges:

2011 AIGA Minnesota and Larsen Scholarships

This year, the judges struggled to choose only the best two portfolios for the AIGA Minnesota and Larsen awards. Four books were in strong contention to the very end.

  • Stephan Peters, of the College of Visual Arts, was awarded the $1,500 AIGA Minnesota Scholarship.
  • Kate Carlson, of the University of Minnesota, was awarded the $1,000 Larsen Scholarship.

We would also like to acknowledge the two other excellent student applicants who made it to the final table:

  • Derek Huber, of the University of Wisconsin–Stout, was awarded an honorable mention.
  • Brandon Alvarado, of Iowa State University, was awarded an honorable mention.

Stephan Peters' scholarship-winning portfolio

Stephan Peters' portfolio under review

AIGA Minnesota Portfolio 1 on 1 Larsen Design Scholarship judging.

Judging the Larsen and AIGA Minnesota scholarships. L-R Chuck Hermes, Tim Larsen, Brad Surcey, Kelly Munson

Kate Carlson's scholarship-winning portfolio

Photos by Phong Tran


2011 Design Camp Scholarship

The field of entrants for this year’s $700 Design Camp poster competition was too narrow to be adequately judged and the chapter elected to withhold the 2011 Design Camp scholarship. AIGA Minnesota may choose to award two Design Camp scholarships for 2012.

Congratulations to all of this year’s 2011 scholarship honorees!

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Bert Lee
Bert Lee
Director of Education
Bert Lee is a speaker, dancer and digital magician. He specializes in public speaking and is a member of Toastmasters club competing in speech competitions and hosting his own workshops teaching the art of effective communication, listening and building confidence on stage with an understanding of body language. With Bert being an active dancer, he oversees a community group called Hmong Breakers Leadership Council organizing local charity events and dance competitions in support of his local dancers and artists. Bert enjoys designing marketing collaterals and visuals to craft compelling brand stories for small businesses.