2013 AAFB Scholarship Winners and Participants

The American Advertising Association awarded scholarships to three students pursuing degrees that lead to careers in the advertising field.  Each of this year’s recipients meets or exceeds the guidelines established by the AAFB.  They are enrolled as full time students at a regional university, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, demonstrate academic achievement, are active in extra curricular activities and community service, wrote compelling essays, received outstanding letters of recommendation and presented competitive samples of their work.   Please let us know if you further contact information on any of the recipients or runner-ups.

1.  Karen Shea                       $3,000 AAFB Scholarship  

Karen Shea, a senior at Maryland Institute College of Art, is pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design and maintains a 3.9 GPA.  As a member of the MICA Center for Design Practice, Karen was one of the creators of an action kit designed to help health care providers with testing and reducing the transmission of HIV.  Her internships include the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative, Muzeo design studio and Together Gallery.  Karen’s work has appeared in juried, group and solo exhibition shows.  For community involvement, Karen’s experience includes volunteering with the Community Arts Partnership to teach hands-on arts projects to preschoolers; working with Baltimore Education Hackathon as a designer for a website that enables teachers to interactively share teaching practices; President of the Graphic Design League, a campus organization devoted to engaging students and their peers in design culture outside the classroom; President of Agape Campus Christian Fellowship, a church group that focuses on college ministry; and President of Student Voice Association, a group that serves as liaison between students and the administration.  Karen’s skills include proofreading, copy-editing, bookmaking, and design using Adobe Creative Suite programs, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Samples of Karen’s work can be viewed at: www.cargocollective.com/sheakaren


2.  Samuel Apata                  $1,500 Chic Davis Scholarship

Samuel Apata, a senior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County majoring in Animation and Interactive Media, maintains a 3.65 GPA.  Samuel has an Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore County.

Honor and awards bestowed upon him include the President’s List, Dresher Foundation Scholarship and he is a Distinguished Honors Student.  Samuel is the past Vice President of Communications for the Multi-Cultural Students Associations (MCSA) and is a current or former member in the American Professional Association for Design, Society of STEM Scholars, Sigma Alpha Lambda, CCBC Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa.  Samuel’s work experience includes multimedia and graphic design internships at Laureate Education and Amero Foods Manufacturing Corporation and his volunteer activities have included creating arts and crafts for children at Port Discovery, garden planting for the Department of Juvenile Services and advertising campaigns for “CCBC Star”.  Samuel’s skills include graphic design, animation, computer illustration, branding, web design, video editing, multi-media presentations, mobile app development, painting, and photography.

Samples of Samuel’s work can be viewed at:  www.flickr.com/samuelapata


3.  Layla Narudden               $1,000 Lily Wiley Merit Scholarship

This donor-designated scholarship to promote diversity in the advertising industry is being awarded to Layla Narudden, a senior at Morgan State University interested in being a senior account executive.  Layla is majoring in Communications with a concentration on Advertising and maintains a 3.2 GPA.  A member of the AAF, her work experience includes marketing and promotion, advertising and account team internships with Discovery Communications, Radio One and Google, Inc.  Layla’s extra curricular activities include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Morgan State University American Marketing Association, African American Community Service Agency and the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore.

Sample of Layla’s work viewed at: ftp://rejclient:Rejassoc123@ftp.rejassociates.com/Layla_Nuruddin.pdf.zip



1.  Genevieve Lemoine, a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Politics, has studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and abroad at Ecole Parson a Paris.  Genevieve’s intern experience includes Sucre Graphic Design and Nola Couture Graphic Design in New Orleans, Reed Krakoff in Paris, and Steelo Graphic Design and IMRE in Baltimore.  As a free-lancer, Genevieve has created promotional graphics, flyers, packaging, illustrations and designs for Culture Shock in New Orleans, Teavine in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland State Police.

Visit:  genevievelemoine.com

2.  Chris Jaeger, a senior at Stevenson University majoring in Visual Communications Design, maintains a 3.9 GPA.  Chris has interned at Tenable Network Security and at Stevenson University as a designer of posters, banners, calendars, door hangers, web images, presentations and other collateral.

Visit:  chrisjaegerdesign.com