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FOARE Scholarship Winners

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2015-2016 FOARE Scholarship Application will be posted in January.

2014-2015 Scholarship winners

Nine students have been awarded scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year by the Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE), including the first-ever recipient of the Vern and Elaine Clark Outdoor Advertising Industry “Champion” Scholarship Endowment.  65 students filed applications for the scholarships this year.

Alexander Alwin, from Glendale, AZ, was named the recipient of the $4,000 Vern and Elaine Clark Outdoor Advertising Industry “Champion” Scholarship.   Alexander is the son of Tony Alwin, GreenSigns LLC.  Alexander will be a freshman in Business and Pre-Law at the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management. Alexander has indicated an interest also in pursuing a career in OOH business management and hopes to one day own an OOH advertising media business. “His combination of integrity and scholastic ability makes him exactly the type of person I want to see enrolled in the school that carries my name,” wrote Karl Eller.  “I am confident that Alex Alwin has a sincere desire to champion the OOH industry.”

Gretchen Gehrs, from Cape Girardeau, MO, was named the recipient of the $4,500 Ruth Segal Scholarship.  Gretchen’s father is Mark Gehrs, Drury Display, Inc. She will be entering her senior year at Southeast Missouri University to finish a degree in Marketing Management. Gretchen’s volunteer work demonstrates a strong commitment to community service.

Ryan Niland
, Richmond, VA, was named the recipient of the $3,000 Creative Arts/Design Scholarship. Ryan is in his second and final year of study to earn an M.S. in Art Direction from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Brandcenter.  Ryan hopes to become an art director upon graduation. In his academic program, Ryan has routinely incorporated OOH. “Working in the outdoor and alternative advertising medium is something I’ve grown to enjoy,” he wrote.  “Each project this last term I made sure to try to incorporate some new type of interesting outdoor execution.”

The following six applicants were awarded general FOARE scholarships in the amount of $3,000:

Alexandria Bratsos, Palos Park, IL, daughter of Ted Bratsos, All Steel Structures. She will be a freshman at the University of Southern California seeking a BFA in Cinematic Arts, Film, and Television Production.

Evan Lay, Wichita, KS, son of John Lay, George Lay Signs. Evan will be entering his freshman year at the University of Kansas studying Finance.  

Alexandra McKinley, Indianapolis, IN, daughter of Jeff McKinley, Burkhart Advertising. Alexandra will be a junior studying telecommunications at the Indiana University at Bloomington.  Alexandra has an interest in radio broadcasting, sales and advertising, and script writing.  

Lauren Henry
, Dallas, TX, daughter of Tom Henry, CBS Outdoor. Lauren will be a freshman studying business at the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Business. She also was accepted into the Eller Emerging Leaders Living-Learning Community. Her goal is to be a leader in the advertising, management or sales business.  

Brian Baranyi
, Wheaton, IL, son of Sharon Baranyi, CBS Outdoor. A graduate student, Brian is studying for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Landon Rowland, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, son of Scott Rowland, Clear Channel Outdoor. Landon will be a freshman this year at Ohio University. Upon graduation from high school this year, he received the National Honor Society Service Scholarship in recognition of his scholastic achievement and service to the community. Landon has not yet declared a major, but wants to work in a field in which he can make a difference.

FOARE scholarships support the education and career goals of those who are part of OOH advertising families.

Industry families have received more than $130,000 to educate their children from the FOARE scholarship program.

Since 2001, over $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to over 90 students, most of whom have direct connections to the industry.

FOARE has undertaken ground-breaking research on digital billboard traffic safety issues:

    • Human factors (eye-glance) research and articles submitted to national academic journals (VTTI);
    • Seven accident data studies by Tantala Associates.

Course curricula (developed by Professor Ray Taylor, Villanova University) for college marketing and advertising programs has been delivered to over 600 US colleges, universities; and textbook publishers.

Giving to FOARE enables you to plan and secure the industry’s future.

Nearly $2 million has been contributed to FOARE to support research and scholarship programs during the past five years.

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