Emily Zaharia, a second-year student at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), was the winner of this year's Larry Gauper Advertising Creativity Scholarship at the annual awards banquet of the North Dakota Advertising Federation held February 26, 2016, at the Fargo Holiday Inn.
Originally from Truman, Minn., Zaharia's major is Graphic Design and her minors are studio art and advertising. Emily writes: "I love graphic design and have really found a passion for it in my classes, even though I always knew I would do something like this. I always had the goal of designing my own billboard, even when I was young. I still hope to make this happen!" And, from what your editor as seen so far, I know you will, Emily.
Zaharia works for the MSUM Athletic Department on campus, where she designs a lot of their ads. She also created their new line of Instagram branding. Along the way, Emily worked at Ad Manufacturing, Inc., a small ad agency in Fairmont, Minn., as an intern graphic design during the summer of 2015.
Emily adds, "I am about to start a new position with Horace Lutheran Church as their graphic designer. I love having graphic design be my job even before I graduate in the fall of 2017. This scholarship is such an honor and I appreciate that others value my creative work. Thank you so much for recognizing me!"
Congratulations, Emily, on competing for and receiving this year's scholarship award. You are indeed representative of young people in college who will succeed in their chosen career. Significantly, because they have chosen a field and are pursing it with passion, key criteria for winning this award. Best of luck as you move ahead! - Larry Gauper