The Digital Signage Federation has awarded its 2016 Geri Wolff Scholarship to Savannah McNulty, a third-year student at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
“The content of our signs should generate ideas, sensations, knowledge, and ultimately leave the person who sees it with something to take away from the experience,” said McNulty, who has declared her major in Graphic Design and is interested in pursuing a career in the digital signage industry. “I am eager to learn more about the practical applications of graphic design using the medium of digital signage.”
“[The scholarship] was established to raise the awareness of digital signage as a career choice among qualified young women who are committed to a professional career in computer sciences and related fields,” said Geri Wolff, the Digital Signage Federation’s director of marketing & communication and the scholarship’s namesake. “This award is also intended to help broaden employment diversity, by encouraging employers to hire qualified women in a variety of IT capacities and help ensure a talented and qualified labor pool for our fast-growing industry.”
The scholarship was created with Wolff’s vision to encourage more women to make career choices that involve digital signage. The scholarship is supported by individual contributions, including Wolff’s annual donation, which is matched by the Digital Signage Federation and includes proceeds from the DSF Golf Tournament.
Scholarship recipients are selected annually by the Digital Signage Federation Education Committee based on academic record, professional references, a declared major and commitment to a career in computer sciences, specifically in digital signage. Awards are made to women enrolled full time in an accredited university with a declared major in computer sciences, and committed to graduation. Consideration is also given to applicants with exemplary credentials and commendable work ethic.
The two major contributors to the DSF Golf Tournament include Platinum Sponsor Peerless AV and Diamond Sponsor Ingram Micro.
"The digital signage profession holds many opportunities for our youth,” said Nick Belcore, executive vice president at Peerless-AV. “Through programs such as the DSF Geri Wolff Scholarship Fund, our industry is able to aid in educating students about this field. As a proud member of the Digital Signage Federation, Peerless-AV is happy to support this scholarship through initiatives like the pre-DSE golf tournament."
Donations to the Digital Signage Federation’s Geri Wolff Scholarship Fund, to help expand this effort going forward, are welcome from any individual or organization that would like to help foster the advancement of women in the digital signage industry. To donate, contact DSF executive director Brian Gorg.