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FOARE Scholarship Winners

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2015-2016 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:

Joshua Benton, Florence, SC, is a freshman at Clemson University and plans to study engineering. Joshua is the step-son of Darryl Jackson, operations manager at Adams Outdoor Advertising in Florence, SC.

Erin Dugan, Fayetteville, NY, is a junior at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Erin is studying international hospitality and service management. She is the daughter of William Dugan, vice president/general manager of Park Outdoor in Syracuse, NY.  

Stephen Lambert, Centreville, Virginia, is a junior at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is pursuing a triple major in Government and International Politics; Global Affairs, and History. He is minoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Arabic.  

Lexi Sanders
, Naperville, IL, is a freshman at High Point University in High Point, NC. Lexi plans to study communications. She is the daughter of Todd Sanders, who has worked in the OOH advertising industry for 25 years, including OUTFRONT Media, Windsor Outdoor, and MacDonald Media.  

Brett Schmitz, Mukwonago, WI, is a freshman studying forensic investigation at the University of Wisconsin. Brett is the son of Bill Schmitz, a sign installer for Clear Channel Outdoor.

Daniel Towns, Oakland, CA, is studying for a Masters in history at Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he wrote an honors thesis on the history of billboard advertising. He has been the recipient of a FOARE Fellowship through Duke University Libraries and expects to turn his research into a long-form book on billboards and historical geography.

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.

FOARE is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, charitable organization.

Contributing to FOARE provides an IRS tax deductible benefit for you.