Square One Wins the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design!

The Square One team of Arcelia Ocana, JL Lum and Salim Hassan have a problem… They need to make room on an already full shelf for yet another prestigious award! These three brilliant Digital Design graduates worked in tandem, while they were students in the program, on three separate graduate projects that fit together beautifully as one — the Square One project. And their collaborative graduate project has been garnering awards ever since they completed it 8 months ago — starting with an award for ‘Best Graduate Project’ at their graduation, followed by two Impact Awards (‘Sum of Its Parts’ and ‘Difference Maker’), and culminating in the Salazar Award for Interactive Design. Now, they can add the Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design to the list!

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Meet the 2012 Miles Nurse Scholarship Winner

Choosing the winner of my namesake scholarship is usually one of the toughest decisions we make each year. Annually, we receive a number of really strong applicants who share personal stories on how the VFS Digital Design program could reshape their lives. There are a number of components to the scholarship application where students answer questions to demonstrate their passion for interactive design, problem solving, and storytelling. This year, the decision was made easy when we came across an application by Ryan Ali from Cranbrook, BC.

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2012 Miles Nurse Scholarship – Call for Entries

It’s time again for the Miles Nurse Scholarship call for entries! This scholarship was created to acknowledge our Senior Instructor, Miles Nurse, and his ongoing contribution to our profession, and his tremendous efforts in helping educate a new generation of user experience and interactive designers. This is an annual $2,500 VFS scholarship awarded to a new student for the January intake of the Digital Design program. The successful candidate will be an individual who demonstrates a strong interest and passion for user experience, interactive design, problem solving, and storytelling.


Curious if you might be the right candidate for this opportunity? Well, let’s hear more from two previous recipients of the Miles Nurse Scholarship — alumnus, Arcelia Ocana Manjarrez and current student, Jane Haezer Saputra.

In selecting these talented individuals, Miles saw their budding UX design sensibility shine through in their scholarship submissions. “In Arcelia’s submission,” said Miles, “it was her passion that shone through and was embodied in a classic Mexican saying she provided, “I’m not sure if my English is good enough to win this scholarship competition but, as we say in Mexico, “There’s no worse struggle than one that’s not even done.” For Jane’s write up, what stood out to me was her inquisitive nature. She’s an ethnographer at heart and I could tell she would embrace a user-centred design approach. You can see it in her response which included a statement that read, “To achieve my dream of being an interactive designer, I will work hard, ask lots of questions, get lots of answers, and enjoy every second of it.”

The ladies were kind enough to take a few moments to reflect on their experiences of winning the scholarship competition and attending the program… Read More