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Mohawk to Support Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

[Cohoes, NY] – Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. today announced a partnership with Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA to provide scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students in design and the arts. Mohawk has pledged a five-year commitment commencing in 2007. Mohawk will provide $10,000 per year for student scholarship awards to be given annually. The primary aim of the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship program is to increase diversity in the creative professions and to foster social and environmental responsibility in the artists, designers and studios of tomorrow. “Today, design education is fundamental to a well-rounded education and good design is essential to the economic well-being of our country. Each day, designers make important contributions to our quality of life, occupying an important place on the spectrum of human experience. Greater diversity is needed in the design and affiliated professions to ensure that our businesses reflect our changing culture. Mohawk is proud to continue the work begun by Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA in this important area,” says Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Mohawk Fine Papers. A jury of creative professionals appointed by Worldstudio Foundation and AIGA evaluates scholarship entries annually. In selecting the winning entries, jurors take into account a number of factors, including: quality of submitted work, financial need, minority status, academic record, recommendations, and strength of a written Statement of Purpose. Since 1995, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships has awarded nearly $700,000 to minority and economically disadvantaged college students of design, art and architecture. Details of the 2007 scholarships will be available later this year. “Mohawk’s generous support will go a long way to sustaining the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship program,” says Ric Grefé, Executive Director, AIGA. Adds Worldstudio Foundation’s Mark Randall, “We are fortunate to have a partner with an active commitment to important issues and a proven track record. Mohawk has always taken a leading role in issues relating to corporate social responsibility.” The jury for the Mohawk scholarships will take place in late-April, early-May of 2007 and the recipients will be announced in June. The awards will be for the 2007/2008 academic year.

 

 

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