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BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL—BELLEVUE, KENTUCKY
The Walker Family Scholarship for Design was created by j.Charles Walker (’56) on behalf of himself and in loving memory of his father, Charles Elmer Walker (’30) and aunt, Melva Walker (’32), all alumni of Bellevue High School. The scholarship supports professional development opportunities for students with an interest in pursuing a degree in visual communication design/design education, with extra consideration for those aspiring to work within higher education. This scholarship is to attend the annual UCDA Design Education Summit.

WALKER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOR DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP—SPECIFICATIONS
This is NOT a need-based scholarship.

Amount: Up to $2,000 (non-cash award)

Scholarship Qualifications

  • Bellevue High School Kentucky senior or recent alum (less than 12 months)
  • Interest in pursuing a degree in visual communication design/design education
  • Established academic record of 3.0 or above
  • Ability to provide portfolio of work related to design/art that shows potential in the field of design

Coverage

Application must include

  • Written statement articulating applicant’s interest in a design/design education career. The statement should demonstrate the applicant has completed some research and/or career exploration into the design field
  • Recommendation from a Bellevue High School teacher or administrator
  • Established academic record of 3.0 or above
  • Portfolio of work related to design/art that shows potential in the field of design
    Suggested portfolio items:
    - computer graphics
    - illustration
    - motion graphics or videos
    - photography
    - drawing
    - painting

Application deadline: March 1
Download application form

Notification: March 15

WALKER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOR DESIGN STIPEND—SPECIFICATIONS
Additionally, the Walker Family Scholarship for Design provides any scholarship recipient the opportunity to qualify for a stipend to continue to attend the annual UCDA Design Education Summit for up to four years, beginning their first year of study at the college or university level.

Amount: Up to $2,000 (non-cash award)

Stipend Qualifications

  • Walker Family Scholarship for Design recipient
  • Actively pursuing a degree in visual communication design/design education
  • Established academic record of 3.0 or above

Coverage

Application must include

  • Written statement articulating applicant’s continued interest in a design/design education career
  • Established academic record of 3.0 or above

Application deadline: March 1

Notification: March 15


ABOUT BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL

Bellevue High School is one of the oldest co-educational public high schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Their mission is to develop self-confident, competent, independent learners to their fullest potential.

The building that formerly housed Bellevue High School is located at 330 Center Street in Bellevue, Kentucky. The building was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The current building was originally constructed in the early thirties as a New Deal public works project. An addition was added in the late sixties to house a new library, band room, and classrooms. 

ABOUT j.CHARLES WALKER
j.Charles Walker attended Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Kentucky beginning in 1952, and graduating in 1956. Hired by Kent State University’s School of Art in 1964, at the age of 24, holding a B.S. degree in Advertising Design from the University of Cincinnati, School of Applied Arts, (1956-1961), and the terminal M.F.A. degree in Advertising, Graphic Design from the University of Kansas, Department of Design, (1961-1964), j.Charles Walker was its first full-time Instructor of Graphic Design. Walker was elected Coordinator of the Division of Design & Crafts by the Division’s faculty in the Summer of 1972. In 1977, he orchestrated the separation of the crafts into their own division. The graphic design and illustration program became the Division of Design. In 1993, the division was again renamed, the Division of Visual Communication Design accompanied by a complete revision of the curriculum. The program was reformed as an innovative 3-degree major: a 4 year B.A., 4.5 year B.F.A. and unique combined 5 year B.S./M.A or 6 year B.S./M.F.A. The B.F.A and combined M.A. or M.F.A. degrees required one of three concentrations: 2D Graphic Design, 3D Graphic Design or Illustration. Two additional VCD concentrations were organized by Walker before his retirement in 2004 to be added for the 2005-2006 academic year: the B.S. degree in Photo Illustration was transferred from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication to the VCD School, the degree dissolved and reorganized as a concentration, and a Digital Concentration was developed and organized to be added academic year 2005-2006. Additionally, a jointly taught minor shared between the Department of Computer Science and VCD was approved and was available for 2004-2005 academic year.

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