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Legacy Circle Raises More than $1,000,000 for Art Center Scholarships

View the Legacy Circle article in the Spring 2009 issue of OuterCircle.

Joe and Rosa Farrer Scholarship Endowed

Through the Legacy Circle, the Joe and Rosa Farrer Scholarship was recently endowed with more than $55,000 in donations given by more than 75 contributors. The Scholarship honors Joe Farrer PROD '50, who spent almost 50 years teaching at Art Center College of Design, and Rosa Farrer, who helped countless students through her work in student affairs over 30 years.

Joe was one of the College’s legendary faculty and a friend to many. He was the driving force of the model shop and taught thousands of students the craft of creating models and surfacing beautiful cars. To this day, many alumni carry the concept of "Joe Quality" in their daily lives.

Rosa served Art Center in many roles including Director of Admission, International Student Advisor and Student Counselor. She established social and support groups through which students and their families could access resources and connect with one another. Many of these Art Center organizations continue to this day.

When Joe passed away in 2007, the Legacy Circle launched a scholarship initiative in honor of the Farrers. Rosa said "the Scholarship is a tribute that Joe would have acknowledged with a humble, grateful heart because it means that he can continue helping students". The Scholarship was funded in part through the generous support of the Farrer family.

The Joe and Rosa Farrer Scholarship is one way that alumni have been giving back to the College through the Legacy Circle. This scholarship fundraising group formed in 2006 with the goal of making an Art Center education accessible to the most promising students, regardless of their financial situation. The group was established by co-chairs Ramone Muñoz (ADVT '77, MFA Fine '90) and Stan Kong (PROD '83) who are instructors at Art Center, with the goals of reconnecting alumni and helping current students successfully complete their educations. In two years, more than 80 Legacy Circle members have donated more than $195,000 to the cause and generated over $500,000 in planned gifts.

The Joe and Rosa Farrer Scholarship will support continuing undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit, and will be awarded for the first time in spring 2009. As part of the scholarship process, individuals whose materials are received by the scholarship deadline are reviewed for scholarship consideration. The portfolios are reviewed by a scholarship committee, by major, and the committee provides a merit ranking based primarily on the portfolio in conjunction with the applicant's academic record. The Office of Financial Aid then reviews the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) record for each applicant to determine financial need. For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 626.396.2215.

The Groop establishes annual scholarship

Jose Caballer GRPK '96, President of The Groop (www.thegroop.net) has donated $10,000 to establish an annual scholarship for historically under-represented students in the undergraduate program. Himself the beneficiary of three scholarships at Art Center College of Design, Jose wants to extend the same opportunities to current students.

The Groop Scholarship is the most recent manifestation of Jose's deep commitment to Art Center College of Design. Jose not only recruits Art Center alumni to work at The Groop, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm that specializes in brand strategy, identity design and user interface design for innovative online product ventures, ecommerce and advertisers. He and The Groop have also provided consulting to Art Center College of Design on branding and strategy. The Groop's most recent collaborations include Ripe TV, The French Laundry, Live Earth, MyLATimes, ThisNext, Sony, AIWA, Wieden+Kennedy, Nike China, Virgin Atlantic, and Workbook.com.

As a Committee Member of the Legacy Circle, an alumni group focused on scholarship fundraising, Jose has encouraged fellow alumni to donate to student scholarships. In designating The Groop Scholarship through the Legacy Circle, Jose intends to provide the sort of essential scholarship support that made his own Art Center education possible. Jose said, "I was able to put together my portfolio to apply to Art Center with two minority scholarships and got a general scholarship when I was accepted. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it".

Scholarships are awarded based on both financial need and quality of the portfolio. As part of the scholarship process, individuals whose application materials are received by the scholarship deadline and are admitted are reviewed for scholarship consideration. The portfolios of these admitted students are reviewed by a scholarship committee by major.  The scholarship committees provide a merit ranking based primarily on the portfolio in conjunction with the applicant's academic record and essays. The Office of Financial Aid then reviews the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) record for each applicant to determine financial need.

Events

We gratefully acknowledge the hosts of these Legacy Circle events:

  • Leonard Pate PROD '77
    June 18, 2009
  • Grad Show Preview
    April 16, 2009
  • Gail Howland PHOT '04,
    Watson Design Group

    October 22, 2008
  • Hunt Design
    July 22, 2008
  • Grad Show Preview
    April 17, 2008
  • Gloria Kondrup MFA GRPH '93,
    Helen Sun GRPH '95

    November 26, 2007
  • Grant Fenning ENVL '96,
    Glenn Lawson ENVL '00

    October 28, 2007
  • Kristen Ding GRPH '94
    June 3, 2007
  • Richard Holbrook TRAN '81
    March 22, 2007
  • Ramone Munoz ADVT '77,
    MFA ART '90

    November 9, 2006

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